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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,341
    Oak eggar


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,525
    Fairygirl said:
    Oak eggar

    Almost identical to the fox moth but the whiteish spots on the oak eggar give it away. Apparently you Northeners might have your own subspecies known as the northern eggar.
    Unlike the brain, the stomach warns you when it's empty.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,341
    Always knew we wus speshul @wild edges ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Looks like a garden Tiger Moth caterpillar to me too!
  • ashedotbobashedotbob Aude, FrancePosts: 11
    Thanks folks for all your replies. I've never heard of fox moth caterpillar let alone seen one. I've also had confirmation from www.facebook.com/wildbeekeeper/  in SW France  that's he's definitely a fox moth caterpillar (no white spots). All charges are dropped and he will be set free right now. Phew... life saved and nothing to worry about.

    It may be of interest that @wildbeekeeper is happy to identify caterpillars etc. if you upload a photo to his facebook page.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,341
    I use this  site 
    http://www.wildlifeinsight.com/about-us/

    They will ID caterpillars too  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • ashedotbobashedotbob Aude, FrancePosts: 11
    Thanks Fairygirl
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,341
    Pleasure.
    Glad your one isn't what you thought. They seem very destructive.  :/
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,024
    Haven’t seen the oak ones here @philippa smith2, fortunately, but ‘our’ pine procession was fascinating to watch. Chopping down the tree after they left seems a bit extreme but the caterpillars do such horrible things to dogs if they investigate... Also, it was an ugly brute, planted by previous owner and totally out of place in our landscape.
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