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Caterpillar

Observed: 23rd May 2012 By: Valerie Harrison
West Galloway Scottish Ornithologists' Club
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caterpillar
Description:
Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Garden Tiger (Arctia caja) interacts

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Food Plant

Hi Valerie,

Can you tell me what it was feeding on please?

WB

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Food plant

Unsure what it was feeding on as we found 2 and they were both on the path. It is a grassland area with loads of buttercups, cuckoo flowers etc.

Valerie
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Garden Tiger

I put it on the Scottish moths forum and this is Roy Levertons response:
"I've seen something like this before, though not quite so extreme. I suspect
it's a Garden Tiger that has lost nearly all its hairs, perhaps have spun them
into a cocoon. Maybe the cocoon was then torn open by a bird. The few hairs that
remain, plus the very white spiracles, would fit Garden Tiger."

Valerie
Wildforms
Gardening for Wildlife
www.wildforms.co.uk
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