Forest Tent Caterpillar

By Talen Getchell

Name and Alias

Scientific Name - Malacosoma Disstria


Common Name - Forest Tent Caterpillar

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How do we control the growing FTC threat?

The Caterpillar is not a invasive species in the sense that it was brought here, its native to America and is ¨Invasive¨ because it invades forests in large swarms and destroys it entirely, such as the incident in North Dakota 2003 (shown above). luckily this caterpillar has a natural enemy, the Sarcophaga aldrichi, or the large flesh fly is a good natural way of eliminating the FTC.