Ochrogaster lunifer

Itchy Grubs

Other common names:

Processionary caterpillars, Caterpillars of the Bag-shelter Moth.



Itchy grubs pose no harm to your turf or lawn. They are largely seen moving in long-chains in summer and autumn across turfed areas in search of trees, mostly wattles, to forage on leaves. There are two types of Bag Shelter Months, an Inland and a Coastal species, although they currently have the same scientific name. The difference between the two, is that the Inland species of caterpillars nest within the canopy and the Coastal species nest on the ground at the base of trees.

The very hair caterpillars, usually 40 to 50 mm long, should not be touched as their long hairs skin irritation and can result in severe allergic reactions in some people.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turf grass varieties.


Control options:

Not applicable.



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