Monday, 1 October 2012

Newport Wetlands 1st October

Not so many adult moths this time of year, but worth looking out for larvae. Today I found two caterpillars purley by chance. The first was a knot grass feeding on teasel. I took it home to photograph, which is why it is shown on dandelion in front of a Christmas cactus!

 
 
The second caterpillar was a species I have seen many times before, but I did not recognise it. It was an oak eggar and I have only ever seen the fully grown caterpillars in June when they are about 10cm long. This one was only about 12mm long and they look completely different at this stage. Sorry, no photo.

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