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.


None. Burn affected roots and destroy caterpillars.


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