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Caterpillar

Observed: 30th September 2010 By: wmccauley
Merseyside BioBank
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Description:

Pale yellow/green with thick white lateral stripe on either side. There is a thiner white stripe toward the centre on each side. There is a small dark spot, on each of the 13? segments below the head, that touches the inside of the thick white stripe.
The caterpillar was very fat and roughly 25mm long. It was found on honeysuckle and was producing silk, so may have been preparing to pupate.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) interacts

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

moth caterpillar

Don't think this can be Sloe Pug, it has too many prolegs (the fleshy legs under the body) to be a geometrid moth. Not sure what it is though, quite a lot of moth caterpillars can feed on honeysuckle.

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Michael Skelton's picture

caterpillar

I can't say what it is, but it surely can't be Sloe Pug, which is in the larval stage in the spring. The date of observation rules it out.

rimo's picture

Definitely not Sloe Pug - too

Definitely not Sloe Pug - too big, too many prolegs and the wrong time of year (Sloe Pug can be seen here: http://www.ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=2047). This looks to be a noctuid of some sort - not sure what species offhand and I don't have the books with me at the moment

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