Gypsy Moth Caterpillar (66)
|Ocneria dispar (=Lymantria dispar) (Gypsy Moth) [in Turk. Çingene Güvesi, Sünger Örücüsü], (Larva-"Tırtıl" + Adult-"Ergin")|
Today another colourful but economically important caterpillar which I've found it between the dried branches of Kermes Oak (Ouercus coccifera) in Kızkalesi (Erdemli, Mersin). I also attached a well camouflaged adult male on the bark of a pine tree from the same area.
TFL and Cheers,
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The polyphagous caterpillars damage more than 600 plant species of 98 families. Plants of 5 families are the most preferable to the pest, such as Rosaceae, Fagaceae, Betulaceae, Salicaceae, Pinaceae, Rutaceae, Aceraceae and Tiliaceae. Caterpillars eat buds, leaves and generative organs. They eat top leaves of trees containing tannins and avoid plants rich in alkaloids, terpenes and volatile oils. Among fruit crops, apple, pear, cherry, and sweet cherry are more often damaged, as is apricot in the Far East and Central Asia. Caterpillars cause harm everywhere to all other Rosaceae, grapes, walnut and fig. Harm is also reported on maize and other field cultures. Control measures include insecticide treatments against hatching caterpillars before flowering of fruit crops. Synthetic sex attractants are recommended for pest survey.
You can read more detailed info on the species, including adults from here