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25/08/2013 at 13:10


I have just returned home from a two week holiday to find the top of my lovely hawthorn tree bare!  On closer inspection (well as close as I can get with a camera) I can see huge caterpillars munching through the leaves!!   They are approx 3 inches long, fat and brown/light brown in colour and hairy with black heads!

Before I went away I had noticed a bare branch but thought little of it as I couldnt see any pests.

Help!  What specials could they be and what do I do about it?  I don't have a clear picture unfortunately so I can't upload anything helpful, but if someone could put forward some suggestions I would be grateful.



25/08/2013 at 13:21

If it's 3 inches long it's liketo be one of the hawkmoths. Please don't kill them Your hawthorn will re-leaf next year if not before. The moths aren't so resilient

See if you can find yours here

or here

25/08/2013 at 13:23

If you really don't want them to stay on your hawthorn perhaps you could pick them off, gently, and move them to another hawthorn tree that isn't so precious?

25/08/2013 at 13:25

Good idea, plenty around thecountryside and in parks

25/08/2013 at 15:56

Ok, I think mystery is solved. I managed to get hold of one of the caterpillars. After much searching on line,I am fairly certain that it is a buff tip moth caterpillar.  The colour is not brown as first thought but more of a black and mustard yellow.

25/08/2013 at 16:08

3 inches?

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