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Observed: 2nd August 2009 By: DaisyDaisy’s reputation in InvertebratesDaisy’s reputation in Invertebrates
Caterpillars 008
Caterpillars 010
Caterpillars 012
Caterpillars 014
Caterpillars 006

These were all found on a group of basil plants, they are all different colours but look the same size and have the same type of hairs, so are they the same species?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Silver Y (Autographa gamma) interacts


charlieb's picture

1. Beautiful Golden Y 3.

1. Beautiful Golden Y
3. Silver Y

Martin Harvey's picture

odd foodplant

I agree with charlieb that Silver Y looks like a good candidate, not so sure about Beautiful Golden Y - Silver Y is quite variable so difficult to say. Either way, Basil is an unusual foodplant for them, although they'll feed on a wide range of plants.

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charlieb's picture

1 is definitely a Plusiinae,

1 is definitely a Plusiinae, but yes, I'm not so sure now about Beautiful Golden Y. The dark streak on the head seems very prominent, but the colour is way off.

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Thanks for trying to identify

Thanks for trying to identify them, my pictures aren't the best. I was shocked about them eating basil, as it really is quite strong, but they were definitely happily munching away!