forest tent caterpillar


: a moth (Malacosoma disstria of the family Lasiocampidae) whose orange-marked larva is a tent caterpillar and a serious defoliator of deciduous trees

Examples of forest tent caterpillar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paul Hayes for the Boston Globe Steven Roberge, a maple expert and state forestry specialist at the University of New Hampshire Extension, said an explosion of forest tent caterpillars affected both Lancaster and Randolph in 2016. Amanda Gokee,, 9 Aug. 2023 The effort involves restoring the land after a devastating forest tent caterpillar infestation wiped out around 4,500 trees, slashing the maple syrup production by 62 percent, according to Hill. Amanda Gokee,, 9 Aug. 2023 Vermont has suffered its own peckish pest — the forest tent caterpillar, said Michael Snyder, commissioner of Vermont's forests, parks and recreation. Matthew Ormseth,, 31 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forest tent caterpillar was in 1854

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“Forest tent caterpillar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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