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Mystery Caterpillar

This was attached to a snapdragon near my outside tap. Its not a very clear picture maybe because the wind kept blowing it about.The caterpillar has these two white lines running the length of its body,quite dense reddish-brown hair. Any ideas folks?







  • Eastern Tent caterpillar?

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,169

    I didn't know that one Davey - had to look it upimage

    I was going to take a stab at Buff Ermine or Brown Tail - courtesy of my bug book. It's not a reliable IDer but I couldn't resist looking it up.image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Can't see it very well Fishy. Have a look at Brown tail moth and see what you think

  • I'm not going to lie, I googled the description given, but realise the caterpillar I suggested has only one white line so I guess that's ruled out. image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Do a bit more googling Daveyimage

    My broadband is so narrow it's hard for me to do that.  I'm relying on memory and that's a poor thingimage

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,212

    I spotted an orange and black striped caterpillar on my new plot the other day, any idea's what that was image 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Davey, get googlingimage

    Which way did the stripes run Zoomer, lengthways or across. and was it hairy

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,267

    Yes sorry about the pic,its not clear but I didn't want to upset the little fella. You know when they sense danger,they freeze don't they.Maybe thought I was a nasty Blackbird. OK the most likely looks to be buff ermine according to google. In fact the first caterpillar it showed was similar in hairiness but quite a light brown. However another photo showed a darker version which just goes to show how species can vary even within themselves.

    On the Brown tail the white lines look too distinct? And I think my caterpillar is hairier. So...most likely a Buff Ermine? Shall we vote? image

    But thank you all so much,nobody else in my family is remotely interested and its great to have like-minded people whose expertise I can consult image

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,169

    I would have only been more excited if I found it on my own snapdragons, Fishyimage

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,267

    That's the beauty of it Victoria image

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