Source: AgriLife Today
Is your nut-laden pecan tree suddenly developing a “bald spot?” The culprit is probably the walnut caterpillar, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. Dr. Charles Allen of San Angelo said he and his colleagues from Central and South Texas have been getting a number of reports over the past few weeks of pecan trees suddenly being denuded.
“Walnut caterpillars are often mistaken for webworms, but they don’t make a web, though they do a lot of the same things,” Allen said. “They typically hit our region in the fall and are capable of defoliating whole trees.
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