Ermine moths

Like various lice and weevils, the larvae of the spider moth feed on vegetable juices and parts, gradually covering the whole plant with a fine web in which they live and thrive. Since the pests are initially very small, they are usually noticed only by their spinning and should immediately take countermeasures, since they can be very persistent and lead to Kahlfraß.

Gespinstmotte infestation

Contents: Fight spotted moths

  • The life of the Gespinstmotte
  • Fight spider moth
  • Wanted poster: spider moth

The life of the Gespinstmotte

The small web moth is one of the Nachfaltern. Its wings are about 2 cm long and white - the numerous black dots achieve the characteristic wing design of the Gespinstmotte, so that they can be easily recognized and distributed.

The post-butterfly begins its flight from July to August after sunset. Now the female butterfly is looking for optimal forage plants for his offspring. If one is found, the moth leaves up to 50 eggs on a shoot and protects the egg-laying with a hardening secretion layer, under which the hatched larvae safely overwinter.

In the spring, finally, the young shoots and buds are eaten until mature caterpillars finally attack the leaves. In heavy infestation, the tree is completely spun and bald eaten in June. Nevertheless, the plant survives an infestation undamaged and pushes out again next year. At the end of June, the starched caterpillars pupate within the web, until finally they hatch as butterflies and the cycle begins again.

Caterpillars live and eat in the web.

Woven with caterpillars

The moth has black spots.


Fight spider moth

The webs span the tree.

Infested tree

A ghost moth attack is a sure sign of too much drought and the best preventative measure is to get it through sufficient moisture deter. Extensive irrigation of the garden and regular spraying of room and potted plants is usually enough to keep the moths away from oviposition. As a mechanical barrier have become Leimringe proven to prevent caterpillar migration.

If once spotted caterpillars larvae in the garden, you should first apply environmentally friendly means. Multiple spraying and pouring with diluted neem oil sells the pests in general. nettle liquid manure works too, but it smells bad.

In a full-blown pest help only commercial pesticides, which must be applied to the entire plant, which often fails. Best protection is the collection and destruction of the webs. In addition, fallen caterpillars are collected and annealed.

Tip: As a preventive measure have become lure traps proven with pheromone attractants. These attract the female moths as they fly for suitable forage plants for oviposition through the garden. In the case of the pests stick to adhesive films and die.

Wanted poster: spider moth

Description: Spider moths are moths and lay their eggs on plant shoots. The larvae are voracious pests.

Food Source: Plant leaves and buds

symptoms: Fine webs that can surround the entire plant.

Prevention: Regularly sprinkle or spray plants; Collect spiders and caterpillars and destroy them

fighting: Diluted Neem oil, nettle, pesticides, trappers for postflaggers

Video Board: Slow Motion Moth - White Ermine Moth