MCCD Hollows Infested with Gypsy Moths?

To the right is what the Illinois Natural History Survey says a gypsy moth caterpillar looks like.

Crystal Lake sprayed for them last Wednesday.

To the left is what my son and the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake’s Cub Scout Pack 158 friends collected at the McHenry County Conservation District’s Hollows Conservation Area, an old Material Service Gravel pit.

Are they the same?

One of the fathers said they were gypsy moth caterpillars.

Besides collecting caterpillars that liked to eat leaves, the boys went on a dusky hike, played capture the flag and ran around and shouted.

This was a family affair, so there were plenty of girls, too.

From toddlers to college students.

Of course, there were campfires.

A young Cub even tempted me to eat a smoore.

No big deal that he forgot the chocolate.

“Beware of the ghost light,” I heard as I tried to go to sleep while the boys and girls were running around the camp site.

In the morning, some scouts got the camp fire going again.

So, it was a bit smoky.

Who cares?

Pancakes and scrambled eggs were served for breakfast.


MCCD Hollows Infested with Gypsy Moths? — 1 Comment

  1. Here is a good article that shows pictures of the Eastern Tent Caterpillar, which seems to be what’s filling their bucket.
    I happened to find your blog googling moths and Virginia. I’m working on a project with the Virginia Master Naturalist group at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. We’ll be publishing a guide to common wildlife in Southwestern Virginia. The butterfly and moth panel was assigned to me!
    Lynn Pritchett
    Certified Virgina Master Naturalist
    Southwest Piedmont Chapter

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