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361 Views 2 Replies Last post: Jul 4, 2013 9:12 AM by bombuslucorum - Museum ID team RSS
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Jul 4, 2013 9:00 AM

what is it

came home from holiday september 2008 and found most of the leaves missing from the apple tree but the apples OK. all these brown things on the ground under the tree.

hope you can clear up this mistery.

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    Jul 4, 2013 9:11 AM (in response to barry)
    Re: what is it

    Those bits are frass (caterpillar droppings) - undoubtedly from whatever lepidoptera (probably moth) had defoliated your apple tree. Just from the frass, I couldn't say which species if moth it might be.

     

    Mike

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    Jul 4, 2013 9:12 AM (in response to barry)
    Re: what is it

    Well the brown things on the floor are 'frass', which is a rather quaint name for caterpillar poo - so I think we know what defoliated your apple tree (nice crop of apples mind you). As to which species, well that’s more tricky. Given the size of the individual frass pellets it would have been a fairly large caterpillar/s - on apple I would suspect the Eyed Hawkmoth, Smerinthus ocellata, but that’s just a hunch.

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