Vapourer moth

The distinctive caterpillars of this moth feed on a wide range of shrubs and trees but they are rarely present in sufficient numbers to cause significant problems.

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Vapourer moth (Orgyia antiqua) caterpillar on rose

Quick facts

Common name Vapourer moth
Scientific name Orgyia antiqua
Plants affected Birch (Betula), hazel (Corylus), lime (Tilia) and many other broadleaved trees and shrubs including Cotoneaster and Pyracantha
Main symptoms Hairy caterpillars, grey-black with yellow tufts and red spots (30-40mm long)
Most active Spring to summer

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