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Puss moth

Observed: 24th July 2012 By: ophrys
Yorkshire Naturalists' Union
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Description:

Swept from small Sallows beside damp ditch

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Puss Moth (Cerura vinula) interacts

Comments

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eggs

Appears to have three eggs attached (oval black shiny things), probably belonging to a tryphonine ichneumonid.

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Eggs

Thanks! I wondered about that, but thought perhaps it was stuff which got stuck to it in the net. I think you are right, though.

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eggs

yes these are cool things, the eggs have a barbed anchor so they stay on the caterpillar even if it moults. If you still have the caterpillar and rear it you may find you end up with a parasitic wasp instead - just as exciting in my opinion

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Cat

No, I put it back on a Sallow. I have reared three of them before, with my kids, and none were parasitized, which was probably quite lucky!

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