AngelaGB77's picture

Caterpillars or something else?

Observed: 14th May 2011 By: AngelaGB77

I've never seen this before, black and white caterpillar type things seemed to have hatched out and were making their way out of the spider web type stuff. There were several little colonies near each other, some only had the black ones.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Bird-cherry Ermine (Yponomeuta evonymella) interacts


Wildpad's picture


It is a shame you did not take a close-up of a caterpillar. It would also help if you could ID what tree or shrub they are on?

AngelaGB77's picture


Unfortunately I only had my phone on me and the camera isn't great. A friend up in Aberdeenshire said she had these in her garden last year and they became moths of some sort.

Thank you for your help :)

RHoman's picture

Spindle Ermine would be quite

Spindle Ermine would be quite a record in Stirling. The leaves do have a Bird-cherry look.
Is "Buckthorn" a mis-whatever for Blackthorn? Y padella is certainly to be found on that shrub.

Robert Homan

Peter Allen's picture


Buckthorn is the common name for Rhamnus catharticus, a shrub of hedgerows.
Must admit I didn't check range of Spindle Ermine into Scotland!

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