Pecan Tree Visitors

Cropped-walnut-c-300x197Panhandle residents have seen caterpillars in abundance this June. One common visitor to pecan trees is the Walnut Caterpillar Datana integerrima. The walnut caterpillar has a very narrow host range and feeds only on trees in the Juglandaceae family which includes walnut, pecan, and hickory trees. They are sometimes seen on other plant material, but feeding on non-host plants is unlikely.  Read more on this pest at http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/07/01/pecan-tree-visitors/

For even more information visit USDA Forest Service Insect & Disease Leaflet 41 “Walnut Caterpillar”

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