Seen box tree moth? We would like to know.
As part of our research the RHS would like to know where box tree moth has been seen.
Please submit your records via our box tree moth survey (expected time to complete survey = two minutes).
Submissions to our pest and disease surveys are stored permanently in an anonymised form in order to monitor the spread of the pest or disease. We may contact you within 2 months of your submission in order to verify your sighting but your personal data will not be permanently stored in connection with your submission and will be deleted after 1 year. We publish and share only non-identifiable data from survey submissions (such as a six figure grid reference) with third parties and the public for the purposes of scientific research and advancing understanding among gardeners.
Between 2015 and 2016 over 800 records of the moth were received, this jumped to over 3000 in 2017, and over 6 000 in 2018. The records show that the moth is a widespread problem in London and surrounds and is becoming established throughout much of England and parts of Wales. It was also reported for the first time in Ireland in 2018.
Thank you to everyone who has submitted records so far – read a blog about the surveys
Watch an animated map of the results from the box tree caterpillar survey (links to YouTube)