Red Admiral Butterfly egg and chrysalis
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One butterfly that appears to doing well is the stunning Red Admiral Butterfly Despite comparatively low numbers seen earlier in the year the nettle tents containing the caterpillars seem to be quite common now. The Red Admiral Caterpillars are seldom … Read More

Slender Burnished Brass, Thysanoplusia orichalcea
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Caterpillars on Supermarket produce immediately raise the possibility that they have been imported from a foreign country. So on receiving images of several caterpillars on supermarket mint from Anneli in West Berkshire I was naturally suspicious but also curious. A … Read More

Chamomile Shark caterpillar, Cucullia chamomillae
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The fully grown Chamomile Shark caterpillar is one of the most striking and easily identified caterpillars to be found in the British Isles. The caterpillar shown right was spotted on Sea Mayweed on the cliffs at Porth Joke, near Newquay. … Read More

Caterpillars found on Figwort, Buddleia and Mullein plants
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The caterpillars we’ve received the most identification requests for in recent weeks have been the Mullein Moth caterpillar, Shargacucullia verbasci and the The Vapourer Moth caterpillar, Orgyia antiqua. The Mullein moth caterpillar is particularly easy to identify with its strikingly … Read More

Caterpillar identification update
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Amongst the many commonly seen hairy caterpillar identification requests recently received have been some more exotically marked caterpillars. The most common has been the stunning Vapourer Moth (Orgyia antiqua) caterpillar reported in several different growth stages, known as instars. It’s … Read More

Caterpillars in silk web spun on Hawthorn at Penhale Sands, Cornwall
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During a search for Lackey moth webs at Penhale Sands we came across three small webs containing hundreds of tiny caterpillars. Although too early to be certain of the caterpillars identity, being on Hawthorn suggests they are likely to be … Read More

Caterpillar safety warning
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Amongst the caterpillar identification enquires received in the last few days was this one from Karen. ‘Are these Brown-tail Moths? Have hundreds in our tree in the garden’ Well, the brown hairs of the larvae in Karen’s photo, shown left, … Read More

Magpie Moth Caterpillar on silk thread
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This Magpie moth caterpillar abseiled down a silk thread as I was planting a Clematis in the garden. Not only is it one of the most distinctive caterpillars of the large Geometridae family of moths but it is also easily … Read More

Hairy caterpillar crossing road
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This Cream-spot Tiger moth caterpillar was about to be run over by cars on the busy St Ives to Lands End coastal road. Having stopped the traffic to rescue it from impending disaster I placed it in a pot with … Read More

Emerging Angle Shades moth (Phlogophora meticulosa)
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This Angle Shades moth emerged from its pupa on the 11th April. The caterpillar was found in the garden on March 8th and brought inside to rear through. Despite being an easily reared species and one that is both common … Read More

Cornwall Lepidoptera Breeding Group
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An exciting new Cornwall butterfly and moth breeding group has been set up. The main aims of the group are to establish a centre where the methods of breeding native Cornish species of lepidoptera can be learnt and then passed … Read More

Bright Green Caterpillar
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A caterpillar of the Angle Shades moth, Phlogophora meticulosa, was dug up while preparing the vegetable bed for planting of early lettuces. Despite being covered will soil it was a brilliant green and easily noticed amongst the leaf litter. I … Read More

Oak Eggar moth caterpillars
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A trip to Porthgwarra, a top sea-watching site on the extreme south west coast of Cornwall near Land’s End produced nothing noteworthy save two moth caterpillars! Only common seabirds were recorded and on the surrounding cliffs two Chough, a Black … Read More

Convolvulus Hawk-moth caterpillar identification
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Amongst last week’s batch of caterpillar queries was a real surprise. Peter Harvey of Bognor Regis sent this photo taken in his garden of a large caterpillar. At this time of year large caterpillar queries received are usually identified as … Read More

Moth Caterpillars: Mullein Wave
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This Mullein Wave moth caterpillar was found on bare soil beside the South West Coast Path on the Lizard at the weekend. Looking like a tiny brown twig hanging from the side of an eroded bank we only noticed it … Read More

British moth pupae
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Even digging the garden has its moments! Two golden pupae were uncovered in the flower beds and they will be kept to see what species of moth emerges. Insight into Moth pupa: Many species of British moths have larvae that … Read More

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