Caterpillar ID

DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,759

This little chap is happily munching my new rose bush leaves - there are plenty so I don't think that's going to be a problem - I think it might be the caterpillar of the Vapourer moth.  

Can anyone confirm this please? 

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  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 701

    No idea what it is - but cute!

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    the google pics of vapourer moth caterpillar show 4 yellow marks on the back of the caterpillar which are tufts of hairs

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,759

    If you click and zoom on my pic you'll see that  'my' caterpillar has 4 yellow hairy spots - two are very bright and two are quite dull - I wonder whether they will brighten image

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  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    That's a remarkably healthy-looking leaf it's on, Dove.

  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,030

    My first thought too Steveimage

    Couldn't see any other caterpillar exactly like this so suspect Dove is right.  Wonder if the spots do change as they develop/age.  Interesting.

  • Magical MeerkatMagical Meerkat Posts: 241

    Hi Dove, It's definitely a vapourer caterpillar, not sure why it has two darker yellow spots, but they do vary a bit, and they can change colour when they are starting to pupate. I get them in my garden, rather handsome looking. They eat lots of things so won't gobble up all your rose. image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,759

    Any suggestions about what else it might like to eat - that's a rather precious rose only planted this year - do you think it might like forsythia?  Got plenty of that.  image

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  • Magical MeerkatMagical Meerkat Posts: 241

    I found mine of a number of shrubs and plants last year, laurel and blueberries that I can remember. I would pick him/her up gently with a leaf and put on your forsythia. It will soon wander off to find something else if it doesn't like that.image

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