Southend-on-Sea – Sutton Cemetery

Sutton Cemetery is a large burial ground opposite the crematorium. I have paid many visits to it over the years, and these photos range in date from 7th May 2007 to 22nd June 2013. It is full of rabbits and you have to be careful walking between the gravestones as you can easily turn an ankle.

In recent years, it has been overtaken by Bird-cherry Ermine Moth (Yponomeuta evonymella) larvae in springtime.

Everything is covered in this white silky web underneath which are thousands of ermine moth caterpillars, the trees look ghostly covered in white and as you get closer the whole tree appears to be moving. The caterpillars are underneath and covering the whole tree, right down to the tips of the branches and hanging off in long strings.

They look like something out of Lord of the Rings.



Bird-cherry Ermine Moth: