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    Default Worms in the trees

    If I walk under a tree at this time of year, I sometimes see little green maggot looking creatures. Each one is dangling from a single thread. What are they?

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    Default Re: Worms in the trees

    Caterpillars.

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    Default Re: Worms in the trees

    I thought they might be. Why on earth do they hang on a thread and not sit on a leaf?

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    Default Re: Worms in the trees

    Because they are heading for the ground - sort of abseiling - they will pupate in the soil
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    Default Re: Worms in the trees

    Our parent birds fed a ton of them to the babies this spring.
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    Hi Merking,
    these are usually Tortrix moth caterpillars. They sew one or two leaves together with sticky thread for protection. They can then chew away at the leaves without being seen by by birds, ants or wasps. If they are found their second line of defense is to jump, the thread suspends them in mid-air where they are more difficult to find and eat. They eventually climb back up the thread when they feel safe again.
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