Nun moth

Photo: Hannes Lemme,

Photo: Hannes Lemme,

  • Medium sized moth with a wingspan of 35-55 mm
  • Larvae are up to 35 mm long with a grey-yellow body and tufts of hair along the body
  • Larvae feed on the foliage of a range of trees including hardwoods and softwoods
  • High populations can cause significant defoliation

High priority pest of: Apples and pears, Plantation forestry, Truffles

Scientific name: Lymantria monacha
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Butterflies & moths (LEPIDOPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol