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Caterpillar ID - probably a moth?

FireFire Posts: 17,116
edited April 2022 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



  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    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 Posts: 17,116
    edited April 2022
    @Wild edges too

    Thanks. I do well for moths and horribly for butterflies.
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    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 Posts: 17,116
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166
    I love a good moth trapping

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I'd love to try it but I'm hopeless at the moth ID
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    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 Posts: 17,116
    I might try it with some local kids.
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    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 Posts: 83,979
    Aaaargh! @Jellyfire 😱

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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