TENTED UP. Today will be another nice one to be outdoors, and the weekend is looking good too after tonight’s splash of rain. The next shot of water isn’t expected until your travels home on Sunday evening, so take in the mid-to-upper-eighties and enjoy! We talk a non-camping insect and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A forest tent caterpillar rests on a deck railing. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 6/7 – Overnight showers. Hi 75, Lo 52, Wind SE@11.
Tomorrow: Fri 6/8 – Mostly cloudy. Hi 79, Lo 60, Wind SE@9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:50AM Sunset: 9:35PM
Moonrise: 2:47AM Moonset 2:22PM
Overhead: 8:30AM Underfoot: 8:53PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (44% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:30-9:30PM. Before tonight’s rain, get on a great Edge Hour with sunset and moon underfoot aligning.
STOP FOREST STOP. The forest tent caterpillar is found throughout the U.S., but is most common in eastern North Dakota’s wooded areas along rivers and lakes and is a regular appearance in early summer in Minnesota’s lake country just east of the Red River on up to the Canadian border. The green, blue and white markings and hairy body – and their sheer number – can make these moth larvae a memorable insect. Falling from trees onto the water, they provide a food source for fish moving shallow, and terrestrial flies tied to imitate them work wonders!
FLY AWAY. The brown and beige moths that result from the forest tent caterpillar larvae’s summer cocoons appear in mid-to-late July, and during their emergence can produce a spectacular summer feeding binge for panfish such as bluegills. Tie up some tan stimulators or oversized elk hair caddis (size 10) to match this hatch.
RUFF LINK? In an effort to explain the mysterious ruffed grouse cycle, biologists have postulated that the population of army tent caterpillars in a given spring and summer can affect the survival of ruffies. By eating the leaves on the canopy in years when these insects have a massive outbreak, it has been hypothesized that hawks, owls and other raptors can more easily see the forest floor and young grouse.