Swift moth

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Swift moth
Swift Moth Caterpillar.jpg
A swift moth caterpillar
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Glossata
Superfamily: Hepialoidea
Family: Hepialidae

It is the soil-dwelling caterpillar of the swift moth which cause the trouble to your plants rather than the moth.

Identifying Features[edit]

The caterpillar will move backwards when disturbed. Carrot and parsnip roots are hollowed out.

Treatment[edit]

None. Burn affected roots and destroy caterpillars.

Prevention[edit]

Cultivate thoroughly before planting and hoe regularly to disturb the soil. Eradicate nearby weeds.

Examples[edit]