Research Explains Why Some Oak Trees Are More Resilient After Caterpillars Feast

An invasive insect, the caterpillar Lymantria dispar.
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Very hungry caterpillars have been killing mighty oak trees across southern New England for years.

The Northeast sees a lot of different insect invaders, says Audrey Barker Plotkin. She’s a scientist with Harvard Forest.

Some trees will die because of insect defoliation, but Plotkin learned in her recent multiyear study why some oaks have more resilience.

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