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Old 04-19-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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If you are headed to Zion National Park

Be aware that bagworms are infesting the South Campground and maybe others. Park employees have wrapped sticky traps around the trunks of most trees which leaves the creepy crawly catapillers searching for someplace else -- like tires and picnic tables.

The first site I parked in was REALLY bad. The table was totally covered with them. I moved to another after one of the camp hosts sprayed them off my tires with a garden hose. There were 1,000s on each tire. YUCK!!
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Wow, that is sooo nasty..... Good warning.
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Nasty looking critter!


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Thanks for the update. Those things do look nasty don't they?
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Is this just special this yr or is it normal for this time each yr
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Is this just special this yr or is it normal for this time each yr
I spoke with the ranger who is the park manager. He said they were really bad last year so they put the sticky strips around the tree trucks to save the trees. I think they come every year in the spring, but bad winters cut back on the numbers. The worms at Zion are longer, skinnier and have hairy bristles...which is probably why birds don't eat them.

The sticky strips are working for the trees, but the worms have no place to go except picnic tables, tents, tires, etc. Instinct must tell them to climb, and they do climb everything. As I was leaving this morning almost everyne was sweeping and shaking them off. My tires were a writhing mass of them...so GROSS!! And, they spin webs that make them harder to dislodge. I even found some 4 hours and 90 miles later in my towbar when I unhooked the toad. I'm glad to be outta there!
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Thanks, I was thinking about this time next yr but will change my time of yr.
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Yuk! Reminds me of the Stink Bug when we were in Virginia some time back.

You did say that it was a "seasonal" thing. When do they disappear, any idea?
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Yuk! Reminds me of the Stink Bug when we were in Virginia some time back.

You did say that it was a "seasonal" thing. When do they disappear, any idea?
After the season.
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Duh! I should've known!

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Not really. I do hope you get a real answer as I'm going there in June.
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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ua_Tree_NP.jpg

A little Googling and I have found out these are western tent caterpillars, not bagworms. The good news is that the infestation should only last about a few weeks. By June they will be moths and hopefully fly into campfires. .

My thinking is that the sticky tape control they are using should reduce the number of moths since the caterpillars are having a hard time feeding and many will starve before becoming moths.
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Thank you. It's good to know that they are there and better that they will be gone.
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You are quit right they are tent caterpillars. okmunky we were the couple just entering the museum while you were coming out and the monkey was hiding from the sun. A good no Caterpillar CG is at Mt. Carmel Jnt. across from the T intersection on the river $16 a night full hookup and 12 miles from Zion. The motel across the street is where you check-in.

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