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Box Tree Moths: A NUISANCE !! (1 Viewer)

John Nihon

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Has anyone any tips on getting rid of them or in particular the caterpillars or better still discouraging them from paying us a visit in the first place? :brains:

They first appeared last year. This year I've been removing the caterpillars by hand now that I know what to look for but it's not that easy finding them all. I do appear to have reduced the amount of moths somewhat though.

Yesterday however I found that I have an ally. A wasp attacked, terminated and then demolished a box tree moth in front of my very eyes. It then flew off with a good chunk of its body. It was shocking |8.| ('X-Rated') so for the sake of those with a nervous disposition I haven't put any pictures up. ;)

Note: Be kind to wasps !! :t:
 
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THE_FERN

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Has anyone any tips on getting rid of them or in particular the caterpillars or better still discouraging them from paying us a visit in the first place? :brains:

They first appeared last year. This year I've been removing the caterpillars by hand now that I know what to look for but it's not that easy finding them all. I do appear to have reduced the amount of moths somewhat though.

Yesterday however I found that I have an ally. A wasp attacked, terminated and then demolished a box tree moth in front of my very eyes. It then flew off with a good chunk of its body. It was shocking |8.| ('X-Rated') so for the sake of those with a nervous disposition I haven't put any pictures up. ;)

Note: Be kind to wasps !! :t:

Why not post some pics. I'm sure we can stomach them
 

John Nihon

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Why not post some pics. I'm sure we can stomach them

There's always one with a morbid fascination for violence and murder most horrid. :eek!:

Sounds more like the behaviour of a Hornet?

I've attached a couple of pictures (see below). :gn:

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honeym

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It's pretty normal behaviour for all social wasps including Hornets.

I agree. In fact I've seen it far more frequently with wasps. They seem to bite off the wings, then the thorax and then fly off with the abdomen.
 

honeym

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Has anyone any tips on getting rid of them or in particular the caterpillars or better still discouraging them from paying us a visit in the first place? :brains:

They first appeared last year. This year I've been removing the caterpillars by hand now that I know what to look for but it's not that easy finding them all. I do appear to have reduced the amount of moths somewhat though.

Yesterday however I found that I have an ally. A wasp attacked, terminated and then demolished a box tree moth in front of my very eyes. It then flew off with a good chunk of its body. It was shocking |8.| ('X-Rated') so for the sake of those with a nervous disposition I haven't put any pictures up. ;)

Note: Be kind to wasps !! :t:

I think you are doing the most effective treatment. There may be more advice on the RHS website.

Martin
 

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