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Old 05-31-2011, 09:50 PM   #1
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These were on a White Pine at the same customer's house. I left these as they were as I didn't think they could do enough damage to the tree that he would notice or care. I also have a picture of what I again assume to be their empty husks. Elucidation and proper terminology would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:24 AM   #2
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These were on a White Pine at the same customer's house. I left these as they were as I didn't think they could do enough damage to the tree that he would notice or care. I also have a picture of what I again assume to be their empty husks. Elucidation and proper terminology would be greatly appreciated.
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These appear to be white pine sawflies, Neodiprion pinetum (Hymenoptera: Diprionidae) - see Pine Sawfly - Focus on Plant Problems - University of Illinois Extension
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:45 AM   #3
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Thanks, suunto. I had a feeling I'd be hearing from you. I'll shake the caterpillars off of the smaller sparser trees. The larger, more mature trees should be able to handle the damage. They'll have to.
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Buluc What a shot! That second photo is almost like I'm looking at a mirror image
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:32 PM   #5
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I was struck much the same way, hava. As if the twig was sitting just at the surface of a still pond.
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I was struck much the same way, hava. As if the twig was sitting just at the surface of a still pond.

I agree--great shots!

I too, thought it was a mirror image for a second.

They actually look familiar to me...I wonder if I've encountered them before.
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You should have been entered that one into the P.O.M. I think it is just great!
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Ah well, there's always next year. (As a Boston sports fan, I know that feeling well).
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We had these last year on some tiny white pines. They stripped all the needles from the small trees, then moved on to another. They are cool insects and move in unison when you disturb them!

The amazing thing, though, was that the white pines had new growth not long afterwards! We really thought they were going to die from being stripped like that!
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We had these last year on some tiny white pines. They stripped all the needles from the small trees, then moved on to another. They are cool insects and move in unison when you disturb them!
Our first year here, I saw tiny caterpillars all around the edge of a quaking aspen leaf...they all moved in unison as I got near, too. Very cool. I keep looking for them every year hoping to get a video of it. So far, no luck.

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The amazing thing, though, was that the white pines had new growth not long afterwards! We really thought they were going to die from being stripped like that!
Great to hear that they put up new growth so quickly. I had no idea they would do that.
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