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B3B3 Posts: 13,729
I came across these chaps when I was tidying  the toadflax 

In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 1,853
    Look like toadflax brocade moth B3,  mine were covered earlier in the year.  My Grandson was disturbed to see ants attacking one (apparently) and had his mum remove it to a safe place  :) 
    Haven't been anywhere for over four months but I'm here and I'm mostly happy
  • B3B3 Posts: 13,729
    Thanks @herbaceous.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 1,853
     :) 
    Haven't been anywhere for over four months but I'm here and I'm mostly happy
  • B3B3 Posts: 13,729
    I've been watching them. Once I realised which end is up, I noticed that they eat the leaves in straight horizontal lines. They are very methodical. They make the leaves look as if you've cut them with secateurs. They also seem to steady the bit they're working on with their front legs (arms?)
    Very interesting.
    There's plenty of toadflax for everybody😉
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Anna33Anna33 Posts: 125
    Well, you learn something new every day. I would have (incorrectly) guessed at mullein moth caterpillars - on looking up both them and the toadflax brocade moth caterpillars, they look identical except one has vertical yellow stripes, and the other has horizontal yellow stripes. Other than that, they look so similar!

    Now... will have to try and remember that difference if (when?) I next see either of them in real life...!!
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