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White Satin on Sorrell??

Observed: 2nd October 2011 By: ChrisQiChrisQi’s reputation in Invertebrates

Caterpiller, 2cm, segments predominantly black with white, forming a stripe and red 'dot' on each segment.
Many of this caterpillar observed on patch of ?Sorrell? growing on a bonfire site, on Coastal Lowland Heath (neglected, poor grassland with heather and gorse). Warm October day. Site sheltered by gorse and in good sun.
Nearest I can see is a White Satin moth but food plant is wrong.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis) interacts


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My experience with the

My experience with the Collins guide has been very disappointing. The ukleps and sites are excellent, but you need a bit of a hint to get to the right pics. It is always worth checking out any ID you get from the book on these sites.



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ID thanks from newbie

Many thanks to all for your quick and learned comments. This was my 1st use of iSpot and you've encouraged me to post again ... and again!
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That is good

Glad to be able to help.

Another good caterpillars books (although to my mind still not as good as the websites mentioned) is Jim Porter's "The Colour Identification Guide to Caterpillars of the British Isles". May be out of print but I think a new edition is in preparation (or possibly already issued).