Can you help identify mystery ‘web’ on plant?

Can you help identify mystery ‘web’ on plant?

Can you help identify mystery ‘web’ on plant?

First published in Readers' Letters

EACH summer at my mother’s home a mystery blanket of what appears to be a web, pictured above, envelops this plant.

It takes about two weeks and the plant is completely covered.

No one ever sees a spider or insect busy at work.

Many people passing by stop and take photos.

It starts to disintegrate about six weeks later and as the last bit of web is there you can see very small green leaves growing until the plant is totally green again and later with red berries.

Can any reader tell us what causes this web-type structure as I would love to be able to tell people passing by next summer?

LOUISE CHIODO, Southampton.

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11:37am Mon 1 Sep 14

Abkhazsoyuz says...

This looks like the web of the brown tail caterpillar moth, or euproctis chrysorrhoea.
This looks like the web of the brown tail caterpillar moth, or euproctis chrysorrhoea. Abkhazsoyuz
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12:59pm Mon 1 Sep 14

downfader says...

Abkhazsoyuz wrote:
This looks like the web of the brown tail caterpillar moth, or euproctis chrysorrhoea.
Had the same in the garden. Watched it for about a week as a few hundred tiny caterpillars emerged and dispersed down the trunk.
[quote][p][bold]Abkhazsoyuz[/bold] wrote: This looks like the web of the brown tail caterpillar moth, or euproctis chrysorrhoea.[/p][/quote]Had the same in the garden. Watched it for about a week as a few hundred tiny caterpillars emerged and dispersed down the trunk. downfader
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