Box Moth. Photo: Judi Woolven

Judi sent us this photo on 18/10/19 of a Box Moth she found sheltering from the elements on her front door in Parkstone.

I have purposely turned her photo to make it easier to see the resemblance to a bull’s head that Judy spotted.

This is an immigrant moth, feared by gardeners as the caterpillar can defoliate Box plants in no time.

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  1. Malcolm Hull

    In London this moth has been present in significant numbers for several years. Although the caterpillars may cause problems, these can easily be overstated, leading to excessive applications of insecticide by concerned Gardner’s. This can have a damaging impact on other butterflies and moths. We have worked with Mark Parsons at HQ to put together a guidance note, link below. It would be good to publicise this to Dorset Branch members. Although the moth is extending its range, the population in south and west London now appears to be reducing. It has been reported that Jackdaws have been recorded eating the caterpillars, a welcome natural form of control
    https://butterfly-conservation.org/sites/default/files/2018-11/Box%20moth%20policy%20note.pdf

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