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Caterpillar ID - probably a moth?

FireFire LondonPosts: 14,133
edited 18 April in Wildlife gardening
I have unearthed hundreds of these caterpillars hunkered down in the soil, all over the back garden. I imagine it's a kind of moth. Black butt, no eye markings. Any ideas? thanks



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  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,024
    I think you have a yellow underwing there as well! I got a moth trap last year, so have become a bit of an aficionado!
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,133
    edited 18 April
    @Wild edges too

    Thanks. I do well for moths and horribly for butterflies.
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,024
    They are great fun, absolutely amazing the amount of species I’d never seen that show up. It’s a bit of a Heath Robinson affair but it does the job brilliantly. Opening it up on a morning is usually the highlight of the day
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,133
    wow
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393
    I love a good moth trapping
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,133
    I'd love to try it but I'm hopeless at the moth ID
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,024
    Even without ID they are hours of fun. I got mine on eBay, it’s a home made affair from a bucket and a lampshade holder but we’ll worth the money 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,133
    I might try it with some local kids.
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,024
    My boys love it, and their friends come round to open it in a morning in the summer. I’m not allowed to do the opening now though, we quite often get a few hornets and wasps in there, and I dicovered I’m allergic to hornets in rather dramatic near death kind of way last year  :#
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    Aaaargh! @Jellyfire 😱
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