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Hi, I wonder if you can help us.

We have Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' (Laurustinus 'Eve Price') around the outer border of the front garden of our house (the same as our neighbours surrounding us), and we have noticed tonight after doing some weeding that most of these plants have been infected by what we think is the Tortrix moth. If we disturb the plants, orangey coloured moths fly out and they have this web-like thing on the plants. It looks like they have been infected from the inside out (leaves being eaten and dead leaves at the bottom of the plants) and we are concerned that the plants are dying. Can you advise how we can treat this (if we can)? Also, is the moth likely to affect the red falstaff apple and comice pear because we have these plants in our back garden, plus buddleja, Floribunda red and yellow rose bushes and honeysuckle (one of them being Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina').

We hope to hear from you soon as we are novice gardeners and would love to learn about what we can do to improve our garden!!

Many thanks,
Tracey & Ian Blackmore

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  • Posted: Sat. 4th September 2010 03:54

Re: Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' (Laurustinus 'Eve Price')

Reply from Tracey and Ian Blackmore

Hi attached are some photos of the moth around the Viburnum tinus and an unknown flying insect to us. can anyone advise what the names are for them? Thanks for your help in anticipation.

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  • Posted: Sat. 4th September 2010 19:35

Re: Re: Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' (Laurustinus 'Eve Price')

Reply from Marissa Zoppellini

Hi Tracey & Ian,
Sorry to read about your infestation, which I think you have correctly identified. You may find an insecticide recommended for use but it would be very difficult to make contact with the critters, because as you will already know, they are hiding inside the leaves. The organic method is to remove the webbed leaves and/or squash the caterpillars, depending on the extent of the attack and consequently the practicality of doing so. The good news is that your plant is not dying, but the attack will not be doing it any good, weakening its food factory, the leaves. The bad news is that the Tortrix moth does affect a range of herbaceous plant as well as shrubs and trees, so you may be unlucky enough to have them spread. They do have several generations in one year but the cold weather will probably put a halt to things until spring. Don't despair, we all suffer from pests and diseases in the garden from time to time. All the best, Marissa

  • Posted: Tue. 7th September 2010 20:26