Small dark and hairy caterpillars on apple tree

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missmoneypenny

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Small dark and hairy caterpillars on apple tree
« on: May 23, 2018, 14:25 »
I have a newly planted ( March) 2 year old tree. I have spotted small ( 1cm) caterpillars on the trunk. Googling coddling moth, it doesn’t look like that. Sorry no pic, I have squished all the blighters. Does anyone know what they are?

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Re: Small dark and hairy caterpillars on apple tree
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2018, 15:11 »
Many birds, especially tits, feed their chicks with large numbers of winter moth caterpillars during the spring.

Possibly, these are what the caterpillars were? No caterpillars! - No birds!

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Re: Small dark and hairy caterpillars on apple tree
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 17:26 »
I take your point, but they weren’t winter moth caterpillars, which google images tells me are bright green, there were though signs that something ( maybe a bird) has been biting chunks out of the mini apples.



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