Butterfly Conservation says it is the season for ermine moths
Apple ermine moths
usually grow to have a wingspan of between 19mm and 26mm.
The parasitoids of the apple ermine moth and their parasitism rates were determined through collection and rearing of pupae in 4 geographic regions from 1988 to 1991.
A total of 12,863 apple ermine moth pupae were collected from cultivated orchards at 5 sites in mid Jun, 1990-1991.
Parasitoids of the apple ermine moth pupae were evaluated from 20 different collections from 16 sites of 4 geographical regions in 3 countries (Table 1).
WARWICKSHIRE Wildlife Trust reserve manager Ian Jelley reckons the web-spinning creature could be the caterpillar of the birdcherry ermine moth
SPEED TRAP: Road sign is engulfed by the web; WEB SITE: Hedge is cocooned in silk which was spun by ermine moth
caterpillars like the one below
Earlier, female wasps had laid their aggs inside ermine moth eggs.
Unruh has released several promising natural enemies of the apple ermine moth in Washington.
In large numbers, ermine moth caterpillars can munch the leaves off an apple tree in about 6 weeks.
These striking and obvious webs hide hundreds and sometimes tens of thousands of caterpillars of a group of moths called the small ermine moths
County moth recorder Tom Tams said the caterpillars were most likely the larval stage of some of the less common ermine moths