caterpillars in hedge

Patrick Timmons asked 11 years ago

My whitethorn and beech hedge isinfested with small caterpillars which have made “webs” which look a bit like spiders webs. my question is what are they? and do I need to eliminate them ? The whole hedge 50 metres is infested with them but I would rather not use insectiside unless absolutely necessary

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
This is probably hawthorn webber moth, the caterpillars of which can strip the leaves off an entire hedge.

But, when fed, they clear off to pupate and are unlikely to be seen again. it can be unsightly but the hedge will recover.