Lack Of Plant Diversity May Spur Cankerworm Damage In Cities

May 23, 2014 4:49 PM

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A lack of plant diversity may be a key contributor to the widespread defoliation caused by cankerworms in cities, according to a recent study.

Fall cankerworms are caterpillars that are native to the eastern United States and hatch in early spring. They defoliate trees and other plants, eating new leaves as they emerge -- which is both unsightly and can ultimately kill the plants, according to researchers from North Carolina State Universi...

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