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William and the caterpillar

Monday, January 18th 2010

The sunshine encouraged lots of people to venture out today. The access road remains icy and all visitors are advised to park on the parade square and walk in through the reserve.

On his walk in to Foxglove today William came across a caterpillar in the snow! It looks like the larva of a moth from the Arctiidae family which includes tiger moths, ermines and footman moths.

William and the caterpillar

larva of a moth from the Arctiidae family

These all have hairy larvae but their hairs do not normally cause skin irritation. It could be the caterpillar of the Muslin Moth or Common Footman- watch this space for confirmation!

(1) Comments:

Kate responded on 7th Apr 2018 with...

It’s a Muslin moth caterpillar. Eats low growing plants like dock and chickweed.

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