Ferne's picture

Hedge at Fosbury

Observed: 16th June 2013 By: Ferne
hedge at Fosbury
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Description:

The hedge looks like it is covered in spiders webs. It is completely white and looks dead. I have never seen anything like this before. There are small creatures crawling all over it. I am interested in finding out what has caused this and why? Can anyone help please

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Aphididae interacts

Comments

RHoman's picture

Plant species

If you can identify the plant then the species (an ermine species) can be identified. Probably Spindle Ermine.

Robert Homan

Ferne's picture

Hedge at Fosbury

We have sourced some info on the internet and they might be webworms - which we believe are native to North America but are now present in Europe.

We think the hedge is some kind of thorn hedge but it looks dead. We don't think it is blackthorn.

RHoman's picture

Webs

You might have seen pictures published in a couple of newspapers and on TV in the last week or so of ermine moth webs draped across trees in Southend
EG http://www.channel4.com/news/moth-caterpillars-webs-graveyard-invasion-w...

This the phenomena that you have observed albeit with a different ermine species.

Robert Homan

Thistle's picture

Invertebrates

Perhaps editing the post and moving it to invertebrates will give you a wider audience of appropriate experts.

Ian