Within just a few days a plague of biblical proportions has afflicted the 200m of box hedging in the gardens. The box tree caterpillarCydalima perspectalis,  has apparently just arrived in Italy, and has torn through about 10% of our box. In just about 3 square metres we picked off over 200 caterpillars. Having sprayed with insecticide, hopefully we have caught it just in time!

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