Say “Hi!” To Pudibunda

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About a month ago my neighbour calls round (he hit 80 this year and is as fit as a fiddle), and in the palm of his hand he had this little critter. He wondered what it was (he really has an interest in wildlife), and he thought it had fell from a bush he had cut back. I identified it as the larva for the moth the Pale Tussock (Callitearaย pudibunda).

Later he came around again with another he had found on his apple tree. They feed on a large variety of deciduous trees and shrubs, and I was quite amazed to discover, like paint, they come in a variety colours, from yellow, green, to orange, pink and red. Don’t think they do any shades of blue though.

Below is the familar adult, which I have featured before, which is also quite an odd yet interesting character. Who would have thought that, that would turn into that, eh?

In case you was wondering, the caterpillars where put back safe and sound to continue their feedathon.

31 thoughts on “Say “Hi!” To Pudibunda

    1. It is fun to have a liek-minded neighbour. The week before this he popped round with his hand cupped, and when he opened them up he had a baby toad there … he thought it was a frog, bless him ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. You are right about that, Ted. Although my neighbour was fine, I would never handle a hairy caterpillar without gloves. You can see why the birds don’t eat them!

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  1. I think this has to be one of my favourite moths you’ve shared as it looks so unusual. If the larva come in different colours, they are all the more interesting. Thanks for sharing, Pete. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Many thnaks, Vicki ๐Ÿ™‚ It is quite an unusual species, and always a delight when one visits … or when my good neighbour pops round with a caterpillar, lol ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Belinda ๐Ÿ™‚ The caterpillar was quite shy to start with, and had his head tucked down … but eventually it peeped out and showed itself ๐Ÿ™‚

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