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Caterpillar

Observed: 22nd July 2012 By: Bekki Baker
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Description:

Found this caterpillar walking across the path in front of me, would love to know what it is. Quite long (probably slightly longer than my middle finger). Sorry, forgot to put something next to it to give better indication of size! Very distinct long bristles/hairs over upper body and all black apart from small white spots all over upper body.

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Peacock (Inachis io) interacts

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Thanks very much David, very

Thanks very much David, very speedy response! Was such a beautiful and impressive caterpillar, is nice to be able to put a name to it. Does anyone know whether it is poisonous to certain potential predators or whether the hairs are irritants at all? Seemed quite a striking/menacing combination of the colouration and the hairs.