Brown Tail Moths

 

Brown Tail moths as adults are white with brown hairs on the end of their abdomens. They are native to Britain and are typically most active during the months of July and August where they can lay batches of 150-200 eggs on suitable foliage.

The caterpillars hatch after 3 weeks and begin webbing amoungst the foliage. Little damage may occur at this time as the majority of winter is spent nesting. In April, the caterpillars will once again begin feeding, this is the time the majority of webbing and damage is done. 

The hair on the caterpillars are urticating (have an irritant effect) and can cause breathing difficulties and irritation if they come into contact with skin. If you suspect you have Brown Tail moth infestations they should be dealt with by a professional company as specialist training is needed when dealing with them.

 

Brown Tail Moth:

Common Host Plants

 

Box hedging

Privet hedges

Hornbeam trees

Black torn hedges

Mulberry bushes

Fruit Trees

 

 

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