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Caterpillar

Observed: 25th February 2013 By: bobthebirderbobthebirder is knowledgeable about Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Photographed on this week's iSpot Exploring Nature session. For details of walks to come see http://www.dorsetwalks.com

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Cream-spot Tiger (Arctia villica) interacts

Comments

bobthebirder's picture

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I agree that the photo on UKmoths looks similar but I thought cream-spot tigers were more reddish-brown than this photo shows

Bob Ford

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Hi Bob, Ive never seen one in

Hi Bob,

Ive never seen one in the flesh but its a good likeness for the dark one in UKmoths. I had a look at Glanville Fritillary in ukleps and I didnt think it was as good a likeness. Its very like the moth larva I linked above.

Cathal.

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Yes I expect you're right - the long hairs do make it look more like a tiger moth larva than a fritillary.

Bob Ford

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There was a very similar

There was a very similar observation in the Autumn at:

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/302817

It was the red head on the hairy black larva that caught my attention, fairly distinctive and nice caterpillar too I might add.

Cathal.