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Leaf-eating insects won’t kill your trees

Insects can be very efficient defoliators, but a University of Missouri specialist said fall leaf-eating insects rarely cause lasting damage to the trees.

“Every fall, extension centers get numerous calls from homeowners concerned about defoliation of their trees by various insects,” said Chris Starbuck, MU associate professor of horticulture. “Often, the callers report that leaves disappear overnight, with no insects seen in the vicinity. In other cases, the defoliation is

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