remarkable moth larva formation

andrew parker andrewparker at
Tue Jun 26 06:16:26 EDT 2001

I am writing for help in identifying a remarkable phenomenon which I
have witnessed and photographed in the hedgerows of the county of
Wiltshire, UK.
A section of hedge, several metres long has been completely covered in
a kind of silky, spiders web-like material which the farmer tells me
is formed by the larva of a moth.
Can anyone enlighten me as to what kind of moth could make such a
large formation, if it is a moth at all? The farmer said that he had
not seen such a thing in 22 years.
I may be able to send sample electronic scans of the photographs for
perusal in JPEG form.
Thanks in advance for your help. 
Andrew Parker.


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