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Large African caterpillars

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South African Hawkmoth caterpillars Sightings of two of the largest species of Hawkmoth caterpillar to be found in Africa have been received in the last few days. Dirk Kotze came across this Oleander Hawkmoth caterpillar, Daphnis nerii, at Little Falls … Read More

Apochima flabellaria caterpillar

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This photo of the caterpillar of Apochima flabellaria was received from Gordon Zammit in Malta. It’s an unusually spiky looking geometrid moth caterpillar with black outlined orange spiracules. Gordon found it feeding on cultivated broad beans not indigenous to Malta. … Read More

Cephonodes armatus Hawkmoth caterpillars

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Fijian Hawkmoth caterpillars The Hawkmoth Cephonodes armatus is an endemic species to Fiji and The Mariana Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. These photographs of their boldly coloured caterpillars were received from Drew Bristow on Drawaqa Island, Fiji where an … Read More

Marsh Fritillary webs

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Despite cold strong north easterlies at the weekend Marsh Fritillary caterpillars were stirring at a site in south west Cornwall. In brief spells of sunshine several webs of larvae appeared on the surface of a sheltered coastal bank. Hopefully there … Read More

A new moth species for St Helena

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A moth from the middle of the South Atlantic An interesting identification query recently arrived from the remote little island of St Helena, in the middle of the South Atlantic. The photo of a green larva (caterpillar) was sent in … Read More

Overwintering migrant butterfly and moth caterpillars in Cornwall

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Red Admiral and Silver Y caterpillars overwintering in Cornwall UK Three Red Admiral butterfly caterpillars, Venessa atalanta, and one Silver Y moth caterpillar, Autographa gamma, were found on nettles alongside the Helford Estuary in Cornwall on the 30th of January. … Read More

Black and white striped caterpillar

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Black and white striped caterpillar Ask a child to draw a caterpillar and they may well come up with one that looks like this. But these caterpillars with bold black and creamy white stripes, long whispy black tail horn, orange … Read More

Silver-striped Hawkmoth caterpillar

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This photo of a Silver-striped Hawkmoth caterpillar, Hippotium celerio, was received by email on Christmas Day from Julie Dawson. Julie was in mountains near Frigiliana in Andalusia in Southern Spain walking her dog when – ‘I came across the most … Read More

Chinese caterpillar

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Cornwall may be buried in winter gales but a touch or warmth is received daily in the form of emailed photos of stunning caterpillars from much warmer climates. In the last few days alone some fascinating photos of caterpillars from … Read More

Kynance Cove Butterfly

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While enjoying the sunshine at the National Trust managed Kynance Cove on the Lizard this Painted Lady butterfly was warming up on the rocks nearby. There doesn’t seem to have been so many this year although we have found a … Read More

South African wildlife holiday

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It may be unseasonably mild here in Cornwall but the rain and strong winds don’t exactly inspire one to get out. At times like this thoughts turn to past sunny holidays abroad. One of our most memorable one was to … Read More

Cornish Stick-insects

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This Unarmed Stick-insect,Acanthoxyla inermis, found on the 12th October is only the 2nd in the garden this year. In past years they’ve been found in all parts of the garden and even turned up in first floor bedrooms as winter … Read More

Grey Seals at West Pentire

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If ever we needed reminding the weather and the seasons change rapidly here in south west Cornwall then the last few days have demonstrated it. This seal and several others were watched leisurely swimming in crystal clear water at West … Read More

A pair of Spectacles found inside National Trusts Poltesco Capstan House

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Caerleon Cove, Poltesco on the Lizard, Cornwall is managed by the National Trust and one of our favourite places to photograph wildlife. Its diverse surrounding habitat of sea cliffs, heathland and deciduous woodland always seem to provide a good list … Read More

Death’s-head Hawkmoth caterpillars in the UK

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The first migrant Death’s-head Hawkmoth caterpillar (Acherontia atropos), sighting of the year arrived this week from Joanna Turton in Hertfordshire. As is customary it was greeted by a ‘oh, what a pity, why couldn’t it have been in my garden’ … Read More

What is the most common garden caterpillar in the UK?

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It seems appropriate that the 500th caterpillar enquiry of the year was for an Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar, Deilephila elpenor. Ever since the Wildlife Insight website went live, 5 years ago, the Elephant Hawk-moth has been the most commonly enquired about … Read More

Hairy Dagger caterpillars

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The commonest hairy caterpillar being sighted from many American States at the moment seems to be the caterpillar of the American Dagger Moth, Acronicta Americana. These wonderfully hairy caterpillars may look cuddly enough but their hairs have been known to … Read More

Defoliating box tree caterpillars in the UK

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The box tree caterpillars of the Pyralid moth Cydalima perspectalis featured in a latest sighting earlier in the year from outside Paris, France (French caterpillar pest) are now reported to be breeding in many gardens in the south east. The … Read More

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