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Term for the larvae of butterflies or moths. The caterpillars, which are equipped with pointy eyes, small feelers and chewing mouthparts, are among the worst vine pests, especially young plants are endangered. They live by feeding on leaves, shoots or partly on the grapes and leave floury secretions. Caterpillar is the feeding stage in the development of the butterflies, after four to five moulting takes place the conversion to the doll, in the interior of which then takes place the metamorphosis to the full insect. The most common caterpillars are those of the butterfly / moth species cutworm. leafminer. Rhombenspanner. Springwurmwickler. grape. Weinschwärmer and Western grapeleaf, The fight takes place through various pesticides (Molluscicides), glue traps or by forcing natural antagonists who feed the eggs and caterpillars (for example lacewings ). A preventive measure is the disrupter, See also a complete listing of all diseases pests below Vine enemies,

Caterpillars: greyhawk, rhombic viper, owl caterpillar (earth caterpillar)
Wine-lovers: André Mégroz
Rhombenspanner: Weingut Steffens-Keß from Reil / Mosel
Owl caterpillar: © AGES Vienna / Kahrer

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