The season, I suppose. I understand that a healthy forest doesn’t really have much to fear from the annual marauding of tent caterpillars. We saw a few of these webs on our last trip to Roundrock, but they seemed to be contained and not a spreading threat.
Someone once told me that back on the farm they liked to find these masses because they would then cut the branch and toss it into the chickenyard. The chickens made short work of the caterpillars and got a nutritious meal as well.
I don’t have chickens to feed, so I didn’t give that method a try. I do wonder what a lake full of fish might do with something like this.
While I don’t think I have anything to worry about from tent caterpillars, have a look at this photo essay about a town overrun with them. Scroll down; some of the pix are disturbing. (Thanx to Biomes for the link.)
I deliberately made my photo above by shooting into the sky. I had a hunch that the web would act as a sufficient light filter and allow me to avoid that bleaching effect I usually get when I have any bit of sky in my photos.
- Cave-dwelling bats begin mathing through October.