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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

French caterpillar pest

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Amongst several recent records of Brown-tail caterpillars was an enquiry about another ‘problem’ caterpillar. Although, this time, one notorious for its eating habits rather than its ‘itchy’ hairs. These photos were taken by Gillian Caw in her garden on the … Read More

Hairy caterpillar health warning

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It’s that time of year again when the notorious caterpillars of the Brown-tail moth are becoming active again after their winter diapause. Vikki found some in her garden in Jaywick, Clacton on Sea and wrote ‘They formed a cocoon of … Read More

Over wintered Red Admiral butterfly caterpillars and chrysalis

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On the 9th April, 15 over wintered migrant Red Admiral caterpillars were found at a coastal location on the Lizard Peninsular, Cornwall. Although unusual to find the caterpillars of a migrant species at this time of year it wasn’t entirely … Read More

Scottish Drinker caterpillar

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When photos of caterpillars start arriving from some of the most remote places in the British Isles then Spring must be on its way. Although, seeing the gale tossed Cornish sea this morning you might question it! This post wintering … Read More

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