What makes the long, leath­ery co­coons on our fei­joa tree?

Whangarei Report - - GARDENING -

The com­mon bag moth (Lio­thula

om­nivora), a na­tive par­tial to macro­carpa, manuka, kanuka, pines, wat­tles and wil­lows as well as fei­joas. The cater­pil­lar within pokes its head out at night to munch on leaves, but bag moths don’t usu­ally cause much dam­age: par­a­sitic flies and wasps keep num­bers down. NZ is home to more than 50 of the species, most unique to this coun­try. Once hatched, the moths live for just hours; only the males have wings — fe­males never leave their bag.

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