Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Box Tree Moth

To my horror, the box tree moth, Cydalima perspectalis, spreads rapidly all over the Europe and appeared in my garden as well. Two years ago, I noticed the first symptoms on the box in the park. I gave the park management the warning to spray against it or cut the ugly bushes and burn them. But, the spraying needs repeating every three weeks through all the season and all of us have to be involved in the control which is not the case.

The damage is enormous and ugly. This bush in picture above is the one in my neighbour's garden. I haven't noticed it before because the side facing my garden is still green. I noticed the damage on my box bushes about three weeks ago and I sprayed them immediately. But, I feel like I am losing control over it. In order to stop this, everyone should spray their bushes.

This is the caterpillar which could eat as many as 65 leaves before it cocoons. The moth has up to three generations in a season so, you can only imagine what I am dealing with. The bush may be eaten all up in just a few days.

The bushes are mostly clipped and thick and spraying is a really hard task. These sneaky b...... hide inside before you notice the damage on the surface!
Being imported from China, the moth has no natural predators and spreads like crazy. 


  1. Oh no! This is a pest that takes a huge amount of effort to control. International trade (especially since China has opened-up more) has a lot to answer for! I hope your hedge can be saved - and that your neighbour co-operates.

  2. I'm glad to find and follow your blog. So I can learn gardening from another part of the world. Thanks


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