The most common has been the stunning Vapourer Moth (Orgyia antiqua) caterpillar reported in several different growth stages, known as instars.
It’s been noticeable how many have been recorded on Wisteria growing around houses and in gardens.
Thanks go to Martin for the use of his photo (left) of a late instar, yellow tufted form, Vapourer Moth caterpillar seen on Wisteria in his garden.
These were preparing to pupate and soon after being photographed began to disperse.
This was another example of how some caterpillars seem to seek out warmth in preparation for pupation.
Many thanks to Paul for use of his images (right and below)
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