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Caterpillar

Observed: 5th November 2010 By: PerdikaPerdika’s reputation in InvertebratesPerdika’s reputation in InvertebratesPerdika’s reputation in Invertebrates
Caterpillar 10-11-05
Caterpillar 10-10-31
caterpillar 04 03 22 (2)
Description:

During our visit this year late October-early November we saw these black caterpillars whenever the weather was at all fine. Mostly they were on grass, though the first of these examples was on a rock. Some were quite long - a couple of inches at least. The closest I can get from field guides etc is the Fox Moth (Macrothylacia rubi), but I am not at all certain this is it. The caterpillar in the second photograph, taken a few days previously, seems to have grey hairs rather than orange. The third caterpillar was photographed in March 2004 when, again, there were lots about and usually on grass. It looks the same to me, though the photograph isn't very clear.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Fox Moth (Macrothylacia rubi) interacts

Comments

RHoman's picture

Two species

There are pictures of 2 different species here. The 2nd picture is a Fox Moth caterpillar, but the 1st (and possibly the 3rd, although it is a bit small) shows a Drinker caterpillar.

Robert Homan

rimo's picture

Yes, the third is also

Yes, the third is also definitely a Drinker. First 2 are as Robert says

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Perdika's picture

Thank you to you both. I

Thank you to you both. I probably would not have worked that out for myself. I have added the photographs of the Drinkers as a separate observation.

Perdika's picture

Thank you to you both. I

Thank you to you both. I probably would not have worked that out for myself. I have added the photographs of the Drinkers as a separate observation.

Perdika's picture

Thank you to you both. I

Thank you to you both. I probably would not have worked that out for myself. I have added the photographs of the Drinkers as a separate observation.

(Sorry about multiple replies. Doesn't seem to be possible to delete them.)