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Query square spot or six striped rustic caterpillar

Observed: 2nd December 2011 By: kaz1611kaz1611’s reputation in Invertebrates
rustic caterpillar
    Likely ID
    six striped query square spot (Xestia xanthographa query sexstrigata)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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I agree with you that it is one or other of these species, but to quote Jim Porter's caterpillar book "no characteristics have been found to distinguish" these two species in the larval stage.

So the only way to get a full identification would be to rear it through to see the adult moth.

Entomologist and biological recorder