ahb's picture

Caterpillars for ID please

Observed: 16th October 2012 By: ahbahb’s reputation in Invertebratesahb’s reputation in Invertebratesahb’s reputation in Invertebratesahb’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Sudden invasion of nearby gardens by a swarm of hairy caterpillars - moving southward over lawns, flowerbeds, pavements, walls etc.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa) interacts

Comments

ahb's picture

Caterpillars for ID

Many thanks for the prompt ID - not a moth I have seen so would not have guessed this species!

Alan Brampton (Benson)

nightfly's picture

Ive seen many of the larva

Ive seen many of the larva Alan and still havent had a good look at the adult yet- one just slipped me this summer without getting its mugshot taken.

Quite a few examples of the larva have appeared on iSpot recently inc. all 3 colour variations you have seen.

Cathal.

orchid_b's picture

Ruby Tiger

Have caught loads this year - the one hot week coincided with their emergence - so it is probably a mega year for them. But haven't seen any larvae.

Jamie from Briantspuddle