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Maybe some kind of ermine moth caterpillar

Observed: 5th June 2012 By: em663
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Maybe some kind of ermine moth caterpillar
Description:

My hedge gets devoured every year by these caterpillars, and engulfed in a dense web. I think it's some kind of ermine moth, but not sure. Not sure if this photo is good enough for an identification...

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Species with which Scythropia crataegella interacts

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RHoman's picture

Plants

It would be useful to know what the hedge consists of.

Robert Homan

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Good point. I think the hedge

Good point. I think the hedge might be Cotoneaster horizontalis.

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Thus I now wonder if it's

Thus I now wonder if it's Paraswammerdamia nebulella ?

RHoman's picture

From what I can see of the

From what I can see of the caterpillar, nebulella looks like a possibility. Certainly not an ermine moth. The relevant species and their larvae are all illustrated here:

http://www.ukmoths.org.uk/index.php

Robert Homan

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thanks

I think I need to get a photo of the caterpillars in the daylight with a better camera. And try to snap the moth - though of course I don't have any real proof that any given moth came from these larvae!