June 12, 2009
Ermine moths invade parts of Britain
A spike in the number of ermine moths has left trees in parts of Britain covered entirely in cocoons of silk resembling giant spider webs, observers said.
I was quite excited when I first saw it because it gives quite a beautiful effect as it looks silky in the sunlight, Deborah Collick, parks manager in Maidstone, Kent, told The Daily Telegraph in a story published Friday.
The trees will grow a new set of leaves and were not expected to suffer any long-term damage from the ermine moths, Collick said.
The giant silky webs also have been seen in Baggy Point, Croyde, near Devon.