Chris10

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Posted on 09/02/2017


Photo taken on June  9, 2017


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4 Seasons - Spring

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.

Berny, Karin, yokopakumayoko Francesco, ©UdoSm and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo


21 comments - The latest ones
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
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 !
7 weeks ago.
Chris10 has replied to Marie-claire Gallet
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.
7 weeks ago.
ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo
WAOUhhhh exceptional..
thanks for the texte
7 weeks ago.
Chris10 has replied to ROL/Photo
I'm very glad that you like this beauty Roland!

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

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

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

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

Best wishes, Christien.
6 weeks ago.
Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne
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.
7 weeks ago.
Chris10 has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne
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.
6 weeks ago.
Eric Desjours
Eric Desjours
Terrifying demonstration.... A captivating "reportage" and a magnificent composition, Christien
Friendly, Eric
6 weeks ago.
Chris10 has replied to Eric Desjours
Thank you very much for your great comment Eric. Love it very much!

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

Greetz, Christien.
4 weeks 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 ?
3 weeks ago.
Chris10 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 weeks ago.
Adrian Jones
Adrian Jones
I get several species in my own garden, you have captured this one beautifully.
3 days ago.