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The box tree moth is invading Occitanie

France 3/Scoop, Sep 3

Despite its pretty wings, the boxwood moth is a destructive species, and it’s taking over gardens and parks in Occitanie.

The proliferation of this moth from Asia has become more than problematic for the ecosystem.

For several months, the region has been infested by the little white and brown moth called Cycladima Perspectalis. It’s a parasite that wreaks havoc in public and private gardens, causing the slow death of boxwood and other plants.

Clouds of the insects are making it impossible to be outside in some areas, and treatment is not easy without harming plants and other species.

[Has anyone found a good way to combat these beasties?  Ed.]

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