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Ermine moth (spec) ~ Spinselmot ~ Stippelmot (Yponomeuta spec) + 3x PiP...

Ermine moth (spec) ~ Spinselmot ~ Stippelmot (Yponomeuta spec) + 3x PiP...
See my three PiP's!!
1: Caterpillars in a leaf web.
2: Silk around the tree on the ground with caterpillars, larves and moth's.
3: The silk tree already without leaves :(


These little ones pack a punch, and can transform an ordinary neighborhood into something right out of a fantasy horror movie in no time.

Native to Europe, these moths like to make their homes in all kind of trees, in case you were wondering about the name. The "ermine" bit comes from the white, cobweb-like silk they produce to make cocoons for themselves--and for everything around them (like a fur coat for trees but gross).

When they nest, the larvae coat an entire tree (or bush, or hedgerow, or building, or anything) with layers of gauzy white silk, making everything look ghostly and white. While the silk doesn't do any harm to human-made objects, it can be damaging to plants, causing them to lose their leaves.

The trees look completely white. That's actually a layer of silk, and the specks you see are the moth caterpillars themselves. The caterpillars build communal nests and cocoons for safety, using whatever is around as the foundation.

Nautilus, Heidiho, Wierd Folkersma, AD AD and 15 other people have particularly liked this photo


35 comments - The latest ones
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Ohhhh thank you for all these details and marvelous pictures + macro !!! I saw some trees like that here in the Alps and was wondering what kind of insekts could do pack trees like that !
2 years ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Marie-claire Gallet club
This was also the first time that I saw such silk trees Marie-claire.
I went two times to that place to see also the moth. And here he is....

Greetz, Christien.
2 years ago.
 ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo club
WAOUhhhh exceptional..
thanks for the texte
2 years ago.
Chris10 club has replied to ROL/Photo club
I'm very glad that you like this beauty Roland!

Greetz, Christien.
2 years ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Une belle macro d'un insecte que je découvre !
2 years ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Claudia G club
Thank you for the beautiful compliment Claudia!

Greetz, Christien.
2 years ago.
 Guydel
Guydel club
Merci pour la découverte de cet horrible papillon, Chris ! Dame Nature a aussi parfois de drôles d'idées ! Bon dimanche !
2 years ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Guydel club
Hahaha, love your kind comment very much Guydel... The tree is still living!

Best wishes, Christien.
2 years ago.
Guydel club has replied to Chris10 club
Bonne nouvelle pour l'arbre ! Amitiés Christien !
2 years ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Guydel club
You're welcome Guydel!

Greetz, Christien.
2 years ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Superb macro Christine. Lovey detail and selective focussing. Interesting text and PiPs too.
2 years ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Graham Chance club
Thank you Graham, and you're welcome.

Best wishes, Christien.
2 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
I have seen something like that over here, near my daughter's house Christien! I do not know if it is the same species! Great PiP's and main picture.
Greetz, Rosa.
2 years ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
It could be the same one's Rosa. It's incredible to see, but the trees are alive... For now the leaves are back again.

Greetz, Christien.
2 years ago.
 Eric Desjours
Eric Desjours club
Terrifying demonstration.... A captivating "reportage" and a magnificent composition, Christien
Friendly, Eric
2 years ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Eric Desjours club
Thank you very much for your great comment Eric. Love it very much!

Best greetings, Christien.
2 years ago.
 yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
2 years ago.
Chris10 club has replied to yokopakumayoko Franc…
Thanks a lot for your kind compliment Francesco!

Greetz, Christien.
2 years ago.
 Karin
Karin
WOW wat een prachtige close-up Christien ! met perfect scherpe details van de 'haartjes' en bijzonder de 3 pips met alle 'spinsels' , groetjes van Karin

PS heb jij ook de uitnodiging gehad voor een (ex)Pano meeting volgend jaar ?
2 years ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Karin
Leuk hè Karin, deze net geboren stippelmot.

Omdat ie zo 'close' gefotografeerd is, lijkt het een mega grote mot :-)
Ik heb het idee dat ie nog aan het drogen is en daarom die haartjes zichtbaar zijn. Heb er al in een determinatiegroep naar gevraagd of iemand bekend is met het fenomeen, maar ben er nog niet achter. Meerdere van die motjes hadden de haartjes zichtbaar...
Die boom kwam ik ineens op het spoor bij ons in dorp en ben er meerdere keren naartoe gegaan om het proces te volgen.

En ja, ik heb me opgegeven bij Nico. Had er al even contact met hem over... Lijkt me weer gezellig!

Groet, Christien
2 years ago.
 Adrian Jones
Adrian Jones club
I get several species in my own garden, you have captured this one beautifully.
2 years ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Adrian Jones club
And again a big thanks Adrian!

Bye, Christien.
2 years ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
gorgeous capture!
10 months ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Gabi Lombardo club
Thank you Gabi!

Greetz and happy weekend, Christien.
10 months ago.
 Betty JW
Betty JW club
Such a lovely and interesting photo! It's certainly a nice addition
Birds, Butterflies, Bugs on Blooms, Dragonflies.
Thanks for your participation!
10 months ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Betty JW club
I'm very glad that you like this one Betty!

Greetz, Christien.
10 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
détails extraordinaires , super cette macro
10 months ago.
Chris10 club has replied to neira-Dan club
Thank you so very much for your kind compliment Dan!!

Greetz and happy weekend to you, Christien.
10 months ago.
 AD AD
AD AD club
Das Bild von diesem kleinen Plagegeist ist wunderschön, eine großartige Makro-Aufnahme.

Weniger schön ist’s, wenn die von den Raupen befallenen Pflanzen langsam absterben. Ich kenne die Zünsler-Raupen, die in unserer Region den Buchsbäumen zusetzen. Die Motte, die dem Zünsler entschlüpft ist aber bei Weitem nicht so hübsch, wie der von Dir gezeigte Hermelin. Er macht seinem Namen offensichtlich alle Ehre. ;-)
10 months ago.
Chris10 club has replied to AD AD club
Dank voor het fijne compliment AD AD!

Deze mot is niet slecht voor de bomen en struiken. Nadat de rupsen tot vlinder zijn getransformeerd komen ze weer tot leven en krijgen ze weer blad!
De rupsen van de Buxuxmot daarentegen zijn zeer slecht en vreten alle Buxussen kaal net zolang tot ze dood gaan. In half Nederland is al geen levende Buxussen meer over, vanwege die plaaggeesten., Volgend jaar zal de rest eraan gaan....

Groet, Christien.
9 months ago.
AD AD club has replied to Chris10 club
Faszinierend! Dann scheint das ein sehr harmonisches Miteinander zu sein, zwischen dem Hermelin und den von ihm bevorzugten Grünpflanzen. :-)
9 months ago.
Chris10 club has replied to AD AD club
Dass ist es genau ja Ad Ad...

Greetz, Christien.
9 months ago.
AD AD club has replied to Chris10 club
:-)
9 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
erg mooie opname
10 months ago.
Chris10 club has replied to Wierd Folkersma club
Dank je zo hartelijk Wierd!!

Groet, Christien.
9 months ago.

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