There were hundreds of these worms all over the road. Where did they come from? What are they? Well, the second question is easier to answer-- my guess was a Sod Webworm so I conferred with a fellow Master Gardener who knows his 'bugs'. Yes, Sod Webworm. Thanks Vincent!
With all these worms all over the road one would think there would be a lot of birds arriving for a big meal...but none were in sight. A mystery. Perhaps the worms are not tasty, have a toxin or something? Time for research! Since I live in South Carolina, the best place for information is the
Insect Information Series. Good information about the habits of the sod webworm. They feed at night and if temperatures are moderate they will also feed during the day. This webworm is the larval stage of the Sod Webworm Moth. Photo courtesy Clemson publications and Purdue University Entomology Department.
|A sod webworm adult. Note the characteristic snout-like projection from the head. |
Photo: Purdue University Entomology Department
I know many are leery of using products on their lawn to eliminate insects, I understand that. These are Extension recommendations for turf management. After seeing so many of these worms all over the road I will be keeping my eyes open for infestation in my yard. I tried to circle three of the worms in the road....there were webworms every 6 to 12 inches for the width of the road and for about one hundred feet. Lucky for me right now, they were a good way down the road from my house.
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