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Pretty caterpillar - ID help needed

Observed: 3rd May 2011 By: MandaArachnid

Approx length 3 cm. This caterpillar was on the move, or had possibly fallen from a sloe bush above where it was found, on the rim of my washing basket. The other plants in the area were weedy grass, docks, nettles, dandelions etc.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which The Lackey (Malacosoma neustria) interacts


MandaArachnid's picture

ID help needed please

I find caterpillars very difficult to ID. Can anyone recommend a good book?

DavidHowdon's picture


Jim Porter's guide is pretty decent (something like 'Colour Guide to the Caterpillars of the British Lepidoptera'). Have a search for it online.

The website is also very good.

David Howdon

debbieC's picture


I use British Moths & butterflies, photographic guide by Chris Manley, has a great section at the back of caterpillers. online, ukmoths not bad to.