umber moth


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umber moth

n
(Animals) any of various brownish geometrid moths, esp the waved umber (Menophra abruptaria) and small waved umber (Horisme vitalbata), that are cryptically marked to merge with tree bark, and the mottled umber (Erannis defoliaria) whose looper larvae can strip branches and even trees. Often shortened to: umber
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The other species is known commonly as the mottled umber moth (Erannis defoliaria) that has a liking for hazel, oak, birch, blackthorn, hawthorn, roses and honeysuckle and so may not attack your fruit trees.
News that millions of Mottled Umber Moth caterpillars have stripped woodland in Yorkshire of shoots and leaves, will leave many gardeners reaching for the spray gun.
THE news that millions of caterpillars of the Mottled Umber Moth have invaded a 2.