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Yellow tufted caterpillar

Observed: 7th September 2012 By: i.wilmut
2012-09-07 12.24.39

brown caterpillar with red spots; long tufts along body and distinct arch of yellow tufts along top. Seen on rose bush.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua) interacts


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Vapourer dispersal

Might just add that because the female is flightless, it is the caterpillar stage that disperses. These can walk a fair distance but the early instars can do better. Because they are so hairy and light, they can be taken by the wind like tumbleweed - I have seen this happen shortly after a whole bunch has hatched - but am not sure how far they can travel.

Jamie from Briantspuddle

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Vapourer dispersal

I have a post of the female at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/88331
,it is interesting to hear about wind dispersal , I had often wondered how slow it would have been to spread if it depended on how far the caterpiller would travel. Wind never occured to me .