Jeremy Cushing's picture

Caterpillar: on Dartmoor

Observed: 22nd October 2011 By: Jeremy Cushing

Large furry caterpillar, curls up when touched. Familiar on the moors (gorse, heather, heath grass) but have never seen them in such large quantities before: literally dozens within a few hundred yards.


No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


DavidHowdon's picture

Picture or more detailed description

A picture or more details are needed to identify it.

The large swarms perhaps suggests something like Brown Tail but I'm just guessing really.

Vinny's picture

Given the locaton...

...and time of year I'd say Fox Moth is more likely. They can occur in fairly large numbers on moorland. I remember finding 20 in an area no more than 40 x 40 metres at the Elan damn in Wales. That was also in October when they feed up prior to hibernation.

DavidHowdon's picture

On re-reading

this I am inclined to agree with Fox Moth. Would still need more details (colour, arrangement of legs etc.) before entering a formal ID however.

Interestingly this posters picture of themselves is of what seems to be a fox moth caterpillar (although too small an image to be sure).