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The caterpillars of angle shades moth can feed on a wide range of wild and cultivated plants.
Angleshades moth (Phlogophora meticulosa). Credit: RHS/Entomology.
The angle shades is one of many species of moth that can be found in gardens. The caterpillars this species eat the foliage and flower buds of a wide range of plants. The adult is has a colourful wing pattern and shape that resembles a withered autumn leaf.
The caterpillars of this moth can be found feeding on plants plants at all times of the year but are most common between May and October.
Some plant damage from these caterpillars can be tolerated. The caterpillars are fed upon by a wide range of other creatures including parasitoid wasps, ground beetles, birds and hedgehogs.
If thought necessary torch-light inspections of damaged plants on mild nights should reveal caterpillars; these can be removed by hand. The caterpillars can be placed on wild plants such as nettle and bramble to continue their life cycle.
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