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Name for the larvae of butterflies or moths. The caterpillars equipped with point eyes, small feelers and chewing mouth tools are among the worst vine pests, especially young plants are at risk. They live by feeding on leaves, shoots or sometimes also on the grapes and leave behind floury secretions. The caterpillar is the feeding stage in the development of the butterflies, after four to five moulting the transformation into a pupa takes place, inside which the metamorphosis to a full insect takes place. The most common caterpillars are those of the butterfly / moth species cutworm. leafminer. Rhombenspanner. Springwurmwickler. grape. Weinschwärmer and Western grapeleaf, The fight is carried out by various pesticides (Molluscicides), glue traps or by forcing natural opponents to serve the eggs and caterpillars as food (for example lacewings ). A preventive measure is that disrupter, See also a complete listing of all diseases pests below Vine enemies,

Caterpillars: wine enthusiasts, rhombic tensioners, owl caterpillar (earth caterpillar)
Wine enthusiasts: André Mégroz
Rhombic vise: Winery Steffens-Keß from Reil / Mosel
Owl caterpillar: © AGES Vienna / Kahrer

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