Forest tent caterpillars

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2006 Infestation


References to caterpillars in academic discussions

  • Paper presented in ARTH 405 on how the caterpillars were creating new public spaces by interrupting traditional pedestrian routes, and how the infested trees represented public art because they caused students and faculty who never knew each other before to gather around in order to collectively witness the unusual phenomenon.


May 2 First discussion appeared, in which Evan Miller misidentified the caterpillars as being gypsy moth caterpillars.
May 3 Second discussion initiated.
May 8 Anti- and pro- caterpillar chalkings appear (partially documented here).
May 8 "LEVITATING CATERPILLARS AHHH!!!!!!" discussion initiated.
May 9 Email sent by Dave Fitzgerald, Horticulturist and Grounds Supervisor, clarifying the situation.
May 19 Some students take matters into their own hands.

Map of infestation centers

The following map points out places to avoid because of extreme concentrations of caterpillars. This was Sunmi Yang's idea. Please add more, but don't delete them as the infestation diminishes, as this will be a permanent record of this historic event.