Swift moth caterpillars

Swift moth caterpillars  live in soil feeding on plant roots and at the base of plant stems.

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Garden swift moth (Hepialus lupulinus) on Crocus

Quick facts

Common name Swift moth caterpillars
Plants affected Various
Main symptoms Roots and stem bases are eaten
Caused by Caterpillars of a moths in the family Hepialidae 
Timing All year

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