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Caterpillars invade Tampa Bay!
WTSP.com ^ | March 9 2011 | Laura Kadechka

Posted on 03/09/2011 9:25:07 AM PST by Daffynition

Largo, Florida -- Depending on who you talk to, those little caterpillars hanging on the edge of the long, silky threads are either pretty cool or disgusting.

"I think it's kind of gross," said 6-year-old Mace Morris as he played with his brothers at Largo's Eagle Lake Park.

Photos: Caterpillas invade Tampa Bay

The green and yellowish caterpillars are hanging from just about everything...off the playground equipment, off the trees and even off of cars and people if you happen to get in the way.

"I feel like they're climbing on me. They're hanging on trees, they're hanging off of the children's equipment and it's just ooey gooey," said June Chittenden.

Jane Morse, with the Pinellas County Extension says the caterpillars are the larvae of either oak leafrollers or oakleaftier moths.

(Excerpt) Read more at wtsp.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: caterpillars
Squeamish video at source

When they are hungry...


1 posted on 03/09/2011 9:25:11 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

We had a bumper crop of those several years ago here in Central Texas. This year, we have bumper crop of acorns....most I have ever seen.


2 posted on 03/09/2011 9:30:07 AM PST by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Daffynition
The title suggested something different. Or so I thought.

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3 posted on 03/09/2011 9:31:26 AM PST by TexasPatriot1 (I am unique, Just like everybody else.)
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To: Daffynition
Should be lots of food for the birds migrating north! Fuel up lil' beauties!!


4 posted on 03/09/2011 9:31:35 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Daffynition
"Caterpillars invade Tampa Bay!

That's interesting...I had just read they were looking to move some of their operations out of Illinois.

5 posted on 03/09/2011 9:33:23 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Daffynition


6 posted on 03/09/2011 9:34:41 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Daffynition

7 posted on 03/09/2011 9:37:52 AM PST by Cheburashka (Blade Runner was set in 2019. Except for the flying cars and replicants we're right on schedule.)
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To: Daffynition

yep - seems nature may find a way to deal with this...


8 posted on 03/09/2011 9:40:36 AM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Daffynition

9 posted on 03/09/2011 9:44:46 AM PST by JRios1968 (Laz would hit it!)
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To: Daffynition
THEY'VE BEEN DRIVING ME CRAZY ALL WEEK!
STOPPED TAKING MY DOG INTO THE BACK YARD . . .

10 posted on 03/09/2011 9:47:18 AM PST by haywoodwebb (The "Manchurian Candidate's" agenda is right on schedule . . . Black & Humble)
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To: Cheburashka

“Except for the replicants”?

Given the political situation, I’m not so sure.


11 posted on 03/09/2011 9:47:38 AM PST by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: TexasPatriot1
LOL... Cats. a well respected marine engine in these parts.


12 posted on 03/09/2011 9:47:40 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: TexasPatriot1
LOL... Cats. a well respected marine engine in these parts.


13 posted on 03/09/2011 9:47:55 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Daffynition
THEM!


14 posted on 03/09/2011 9:48:22 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: JRios1968; Slings and Arrows
LOL

[when you mention RC, you're supposed to ping SA&] ;-D

15 posted on 03/09/2011 9:50:56 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Daffynition; Slings and Arrows

You flat-terer, you


16 posted on 03/09/2011 9:53:30 AM PST by JRios1968 (Laz would hit it!)
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To: haywoodwebb; SWAMPSNIPER
You gotta work something out with Swampsniper...you need birds with BIG bills to scoop up all those pests!!


17 posted on 03/09/2011 9:55:09 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Immerito

18 posted on 03/09/2011 9:56:51 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: JoeProBono
I see what you did there!


19 posted on 03/09/2011 9:59:03 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: JRios1968
Smooth as silk, I am. I am. ;0)


20 posted on 03/09/2011 10:02:19 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Daffynition


21 posted on 03/09/2011 10:03:22 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
Polka dots are in!


22 posted on 03/09/2011 10:05:32 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Daffynition


23 posted on 03/09/2011 10:07:44 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: jonno

Wait until the lovebugs hatch out. Thats always fun.


24 posted on 03/09/2011 10:10:08 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: TexasPatriot1

“green and yellowish caterpillars”

Those would be John Deeres, not caterpillars.


25 posted on 03/09/2011 10:12:47 AM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: Daffynition

26 posted on 03/09/2011 10:15:24 AM PST by kanawa (Obama - "The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.")
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To: TexasPatriot1

27 posted on 03/09/2011 10:16:27 AM PST by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Daffynition


28 posted on 03/09/2011 10:22:32 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
Save this guy for one of your alien threads. ;)


29 posted on 03/09/2011 10:25:10 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: meyer; Allegra

That’s probably the only piece of equipment that won’t blow away in a sand storm. HEY! Speaking of sand storms...what did they do with Allegra? Where’s Allegra?


30 posted on 03/09/2011 10:28:27 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: JoeProBono

31 posted on 03/09/2011 10:30:25 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Isn't it about spring break time?


32 posted on 03/09/2011 10:34:05 AM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: JRios1968; Daffynition

If only she’d tread lightly...


33 posted on 03/09/2011 12:30:16 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: lormand

My oak trees produced not one acorn this last Fall. First time I’ve seen that in the 14 yrs. we’ve lived here.(Raleigh)

Led me to forgive the squirrels from raiding the bird feeders over the winter.


34 posted on 03/09/2011 1:00:09 PM PST by Vinnie
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To: Daffynition; JoeProBono

I’ll bet both of those will set you free.

There’s a similar one in S. Fla, usually on Hibiscus that is green, maroon stripe down the sides and hairy.

Brush against that boy and you think you’ve got a red-hot poker on you.


35 posted on 03/09/2011 1:06:21 PM PST by Vinnie
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To: Vinnie

That is odd. I’ve grown up with Pecan trees and know that it goes thru 2 year cycles of good crop/bad crop. I’ve never seen them not produce at all though.


36 posted on 03/09/2011 1:32:23 PM PST by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Daffynition

Super shot! That is one fat Spoonbill.


37 posted on 03/09/2011 2:14:21 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

He’s been eating his fill of caterpillars!


38 posted on 03/09/2011 2:35:49 PM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Vinnie
This little saddle back can cause some irritation. [He looks like a little Scotty dog with a jacket on ]


39 posted on 03/09/2011 2:40:34 PM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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