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Moths on the march; NATURE.

A MOTH which damages horse chestnut trees is on the advance across the UK and Ireland, scientists have said as they called on the public to report sightings of the problem.

The leaf-mining moth, Cameraria orhidella, whose larvae eat into leaves producing brown blotches and can be so numerous that the tree's leaves turn brown so it looks like autumn has come early, first arrived in the UK in London in 2002.

It had reached Newcastle by 2010, where it temporarily stopped, but it was recorded in Dublin in 2013 and in Belfast last year. Scientists have launched a mobile app LeafWatch, and are asking the public to contribute sightings of leaf-mining moth infestations in horse chestnut trees.

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