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Flying caterpillar

Observed: 3rd October 2012 By: DavidHowdon
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyLondon Natural History SocietySelborne Society
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Description:

This one descended onto me on a silken thread so not sure of the foodplant. The woodland is mainly oak with a hazel understory but there are a fair amount of other broadleaved trees there. Length approximately 17-18mm.
Provided with hazel which it has not touched in three days. Provided with some oak on 7th October which it has started to consume.
By about 19th October caterpillar had stopped feeding and looked rather twisted (photo of caterpillar on pot lid illustrates). Had pupated by 21st October. Early February pupa started to darken.
This pupa never eclosed.
Pot RR

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Maiden's Blush (Cyclophora punctaria) interacts

Comments

Fenwickfield's picture

Food

Says Oak possibly birch in my caterpillar book

Fenwickfield

DavidHowdon's picture

It does in mine too

but it was only today that I came up with the possible ID so only today I provided it with oak. Not eaten any yet.

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Never eclosed

And as you can see it never eclosed so I'm still not certain of the ID of this one.

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