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P1070269

Observed: 22nd October 2012 By: susanannegrant
P1070269
Description:

a colourful caterpillar with a raised red "stinger" and 4 distinct raised ridges (like sweetcorn) on the abdomen

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) interacts

Comments

DavidNotton's picture

stinger

the red bit and the 4 ridges are tufts (or tussocks) of hair, these give the common name to the tussock moths to which this species belongs. It can't sting although some tussock moth caterpillars have hairs which cause a rash (like nettle rash)

susanannegrant's picture

Pale Tussock

Thanks so much for this!

suzieG