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Caterpillar on bird's foot trefoil

Observed: 15th May 2011 By: ChalkieChalkie’s reputation in InvertebratesChalkie’s reputation in InvertebratesChalkie’s reputation in Invertebrates
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About ten of these caterpillars seen on bird's foot trefoil (only one or two on each plant). 2-3 cm long. With white hairs.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) interacts


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Burnet moths

2 days ago I found masses of burnet cocoons (like little bananas, golden at the top, stuck to plantain stalks) at a different site. Didn't see any cocoons today - though admittedly I didn't particularly look, as I hadn't realised then that they were the same species. I imagine these caterpillars are pretty close to pupating - they were pretty fat.

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I've just spent 20 mins trying to prove you right, perhaps even wrong. But can't either way.
So, I'm with you - consider it the commonest one.
Maybe my (sole) agreement will cause a flurry of comments - maybe!