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What are these on my Salvia

at least I think it’s salvia that came over from somewhere. Some caterpillar?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,102
    The lovely Cinnabar Moth caterpillars.  
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  • Gardenpixie99Gardenpixie99 Kent Posts: 25
    Thank you @Dovefromabove !!
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,464
    You have some interesting wildlife @Gardenpixie99, nice to see🙂

    I thought your caterpillars looked like mullein moth but not quite right. I searched the forum for images and it seems @Hippophae has identified these on the same foodplant:

    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/comment/2087084#Comment_2087084

    Could these be a match?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,852
    I noticed the same caterpillars on many of my Toadflax (Linaria) plants and also thought they were mullien moth caterpillars (which ate most of my mullein flowers again!) but they are indeed slightly different - you live and learn
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,932
    I think you're right @Victoria Sponge. They have that distinctive yellow striping along the length of their body. The mulleins are more fragmented.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,464
    I've never seen them before @Fairygirl and I have lots of toadflax. As @Pete.8 says, you live and learn👍
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,932
    Me meither - we don't  get them up here  :)
    I often use a site called Wildlife Insight. You can send photos to them and they'll ID them. I did that a couple of years ago with a caterpillar I had on the house wall, that I'd never seen before.

    One of the Dagger moths  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Gardenpixie99Gardenpixie99 Kent Posts: 25
    You have some interesting wildlife @Gardenpixie99, nice to see🙂

    I thought your caterpillars looked like mullein moth but not quite right. I searched the forum for images and it seems @Hippophae has identified these on the same foodplant:

    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/comment/2087084#Comment_2087084

    Could these be a match?
    Hello @Victoria Sponge yes they are the ones! Whole family of them happily munching on my plant 😂 
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    It seems like the cinnabar moth might be having a good year, from all the reports.
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,464
    I've saved that site as a favourite Fairygirl, might come in handy🙂

    Hopefully your plant will be ok Gardenpixie, they are perennial but also seed around.
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