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Mystery insect eggs - now hatching - what should I feed them?

Observed: 15th December 2012 By: CPKSpot
eggs and larva

I found this cluster of eggs under my foot in the kitchen one day last month - probably brought in on coat of cat or gardener. Now they have started hatching. Has anyone any idea what they are, and what the larvae might need to feed on?

Species interactions

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Species with which Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua) interacts


CPKSpot's picture

Location mistake

The location is Warlingham, Surrey, but not the road number and name shown, which appear to have been mistakenly set when I did the map lat/long lookup.

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It would be a bit tricky to try to rear them at this time of the year, certainly a long term venture. The species is associated with a range of deciduous plants and in Deecember most of those will have lost their leaves. Your best bet is to find a rose bush which still has a fair coverage of leaves and let the caterpillars do their best.

Robert Homan

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Bramble may be useful fodder

Bramble may be useful fodder as it tends to hold onto its foliage longer than most other plants.