The cycle works when leaves fall to the ground and are eaten by leaf eating
insects, which provide food for birds and other insects.
New Jersey (Manahawkin) - "Team Kreepy Krawlers" - All Saints Regional Catholic School - Focused on saving the woodlands, trees and forests from gypsy moths, leaf eating
Knowledge of the interesting life cycle of this leaf eating
invader is useful in helping to reduce its population in your garden and therefore the damage that it can cause to those beloved lilies.
Its leaves which can't be used in cooking can be used as an "organic insecticide for leaf eating
insects such as cabbage caterpillars, aphids, and peach and cherry slugs.
On a rare occasion we have had an uncommonly large upswelling of armyworms or other leaf eating
caterpillar, and I have sprayed some trees with Dipel (a brand of Bacillus thuringiensis).