Location: Southwestern Pennsylvania 18mi north of Pittsburgh
May 19, 2013 10:17 pm
Today I photographed and interesting cocoon like nest, with a bunch of something(maybe insects) inside.
I’ve never seen a nest like this in the trees. It may, for all I know, it may be a small, tent caterpillar’s nest.
But the ones I’ve always seen are much larger.
I didn’t dig into the nest to find out ’cause I didn’t want to intrude on the bugs. Any Ideas?
We agree with you that this might be the newly started nest of a recently hatched colony of Eastern Tent Caterpillars. We will try to get a second opinion from Eric Eaton. More information on the Eastern Tent Caterpillar can be found on BugGuide. As an aside, we will be flying into Pittsburgh in a few weeks to visit family.