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Forest tent caterpillars can be seen in large masses in Hubbard County, above, where they weave a large silk tent to emerge from. (Shannon Geisen / Enterprise)

Forest tent caterpillars creating a gooey mess in city

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An invasion of forest tent caterpillars from Hubbard County and around the state has now found its way to city trees.

The one-inch black worms are crawling up the walls of the Park Rapids Area Library, among other sun-dappled buildings.


They are defoliating trees throughout the city, having devoured many in the county, likely the result of a warm winter and ideal spring conditions.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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