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Old 14-05-09   #1 (permalink)
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Norway Maple...eaten?

Any ideas as to what is/(has been) eating it's way through this maple?
Pictures from phone so not too good...close-up is lowest branch....but you look closely at the second pic you can see it's all over the canopy.
Is the tree doomed?
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Re: Norway Maple...eaten?

Caterpillar damage.

Possibly one of the following Moths -

Erannis defoliaria - Motled Umber
Euproctis chrysorrhoea - Brown Tail
Hyphantria curea
Limantria dispar - Gypsy
Operophtera brumata - Winter Moth

Would not expect these to be fatal, but could lead to persistant weakening leaving the Tree open to Armilaria etc

Can you get a picture of the Caterpillar?

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Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all.
But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself
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