Yellow & Black & Hairy All Over

No wonder the birds don't fancy eating them and the Ragwort in the fields is teeming with these brightly coloured caterpillars of the The Cinnabar (Tyria jacobaeae), a moth which can be seen flying amongst the grasses during the daytime, especially when disturbed. Please see the adult below. Feel free to click the images to... Continue Reading →

Lesser Yellow Underwing

This moth caterpillar almost turned a darker shade of  oak on Saturday when I was staining my back fence. Thankfully I spotted it in time and relocated it near a similar foodplant opposite, stopping to take a few snaps of it. The image below shows it rolled up in defensive mode, making it look less... Continue Reading →

Winter Hiding, Spring Found

The weather has finally picked up this Easter holiday week, and the sun showed up and persuaded me to get busy in the garden. I lifted the top of my bird bath and what should I find hiding beneath in a finely woven silken retreat, but this larva of some species or another. I did... Continue Reading →

Getting Some Shade

Double click on images to enlarge. Geometer moth caterpillar, also known as an 'inchworm', on rose leaf, taken August 2016, rear garden , Staffordshire, England.

A Risky Business

I discovered this caterpillar yesterday feeding from a silken retreat on my Water Mint. It is the Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata), of which I have seen the small adult fluttering around on several occasions. The larvae feed on all kind of Mint, but this one has taken quite a chance, for the Water Mint is... Continue Reading →

From Head To Tail With a Grin

This happy caterpillar will grow up into a noctuid moth one day. Apparently the larvae are rarely seen, feeding on various herbaceous and woody plants during the night and remaining concealed on the food plant during the day. Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba). Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. April 2017.

Caterpillar Spinning Silk

I spotted this tiny caterpillar on a leaf of one of my rose bushes (this one seems to get a lot of caterpillar attention of various kinds for some reason), and it was weaving itself a little silk shelter of sorts. Photograph of caterpillar spinning silk, taken August 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman... Continue Reading →

Early Stage Caterpillar

I discovered this tiny early stage caterpillar on the underside of one of my rose leaves. I wonder what it will turn into? Photograph  taken in July 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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