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By Mumsie

Kent, United Kingdom Gb

I have found caterpillars from the EYED HAWK MOTH in my apple trees, can you advise as to whether they will destroy the crop



I don't think they will. I have Googled hawk moths and they feed on a variety of leaves including fuschia, privet and cherry. I don't think apples themselves are on the menu!

24 Jun, 2010


Thank you Cammomile, it just seems odd that they have made a home in the apple tree and there a few webby things there with caterpillars inside.

24 Jun, 2010


Hi there,
Actually Apple (as well as other Malus species) is very much one of the regular foodplants of the Eyed Hawk-Moth.

If it were me I'd be absolutely thrilled - these are some of the most spectacular insects in the country. The caterpillars won't have any interest in the apples themselves, they simply eat the leaves, and are not normally found together in large numbers, so they won't effect your fruit crop at all.

24 Jun, 2010


I'd happily give them a home in my garden

24 Jun, 2010


Me too Moon_grower!

24 Jun, 2010


Lovely and thank you, I have loads of them and they are in little silken webs. I did move one lot, before I knew what they were, and put them on a seperate apple twig. It was amazing how quickly they formad a coccoon around the leaves and you can watch them all moving about. The female moth is in the tree and the male flew away. They are welcome to the leaves as long as tjhe apples are fine and if they all survive, I should have a good display.

24 Jun, 2010

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