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What do Oak moths eat?

Last Updated: 28th March, 2020

Larvae feed on buds and developing leaves, webbing them together to form a protective case. Initial damage includes leaf skeletonization. As the larvae mature, they may consume entire leaves. Tussock moths (Orgyia species) and tent caterpillars (Malacosoma species) also feed on oaks throughout the state.

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Also to know is, what does a moth eat?

With few exceptions, adult butterflies and moths eat only various liquids to maintain their water balance and energy stores. Most adults sip flower nectar, but other imbibe fluids from sap flowers on trees, rotting fruits, bird droppings, or animal dung.

Beside above, how do I get rid of oak moths? There is a biological fix in the form of a soil-dwelling bacteria (Bacillis thuringiensis) that is used to control a host of garden caterpillar pests. The most effective form these days is called Dipel and it comes in a spray or dust, available at most garden shops. Follow the directions and it's quite safe.

Also asked, how long do oak moths live?

We use this control on those trees which were infested and defoliated for the first time the previous year. We do this because in our experience, infestations usually last for two years.

What is eating my oak tree?

Borers and some leaf-eating insects, such as worms and caterpillars, can seriously damage oak trees (Quercus spp.). While borers make tunnels into oak bark and wood, leaf-eating insects can completely defoliate an oak tree.

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