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Vapourer Moth caterpillar

Observed: 28th June 2009 By: JaseJJaseJ’s reputation in InvertebratesJaseJ’s reputation in InvertebratesJaseJ’s reputation in Invertebrates
Vapourer Moth caterpillar
Vapourer Moth caterpillar

Very distinctive moth caterpillar, no more than 2 cm long. It looks as if there are silk threads under the caterpillar, so it is probably starting to build a cocoon. Plenty of galls on the leaf too, if anyone fancies identifying those.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua) interacts


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Might be able to give the galls a name, but I don't recognise the leaf! Do you know what it is?

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Tree species

I'm not 100% sure, but it looked similar to Sycamore or maybe a Maple. It could be an ornamental variety as it was originally a council maintained park - they have just allowed parts of it to return to the wild. (They call it creating nature reserves; others would say it is cutting maintenance costs!)