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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 in to be breeding in many gardens in the south east. … Read More

African hairy caterpillar

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This photo of an amazingly hairy caterpillar, estimated at well over 100 mm in length, was taken in Malawi, Africa by Carter M. Chaisson and sent in by her friend Weston Lipka. I’ve received photos of some astonishing looking caterpillars … Read More

American Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar in UK

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When this image of a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar arrived as part of an identification enquiry I assumed it was from either Canada or the USA. The very similar Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Western Swallowtail are common … Read More

Striped Hawk-moth caterpillar on the Roseland in Cornwall

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This sighting of a splendid Striped Hawk-moth caterpillar (Hyles livornica) came about thanks to an identification enquiry received from Gareth Marshall who was holidaying on the Roseland Peninsular in Cornwall. It’s the first time I’ve ever been on a caterpillar … Read More

Caterpillars eating the flowers of geraniums and chrysanthemums

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When sightings come in of caterpillars found on cultivated flowers and from inside buildings quite often they turn out to be caterpillars of the migrant moth the Scarce Bordered Straw (Helicoverpa armigera). Carol Littlewood north of the border in Montrose … Read More

Bordered Straw caterpillars feeding on garden flowers

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Recent sightings suggest that the caterpillars from the influx of migrant Bordered Straws (Heliothis peltigera) earlier in the year are now chomping through garden dahlias, petunias and penstemons in parts of the southern half of the country. Jeff Farley enquired … Read More

Seychelles caterpillar infestation

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Some residents in the Seychelles have suffered allergic reactions from the urticating hairs of caterpillars that this year suddenly appeared in large numbers in parts of the island. Davina Sabino sent in these images of the moth, caterpillar and cocoons. … Read More

Great news and wildlife sightings from Cornwall and around the world

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Welcome to the new look website! The posting of recent sightings may have been lacking recently but behind the scenes things couldn’t have been busier. While constructing the new look site capable of handling larger galleries, more of your sightings, … Read More

Helford Estuary butterflies

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Clouded Yellows and a Stick Insect! The Helford Estuary has again come up with some interesting sightings. Last year we recorded over 200 Clouded Yellow butterflies in one field in October and the same location had four over the weekend, … Read More

Yellow daytime flying moth

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Several brightly coloured day flying moths have been sighted in recent days. Two Speckled Yellow moths, Pseudopanthera macularia were seen on the South West Coast Path alongside the Helford Estuary. A species that’s often mistaken for a small yellow butterfly … Read More

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