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Observed: 27th June 2013 By: flutterbyflutterby is knowledgeable about Invertebratesflutterby’s earned reputation in Invertebratesflutterby’s earned reputation in Invertebratesflutterby’s earned reputation in Invertebratesflutterby’s earned reputation in Invertebratesflutterby’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

I thought this might be a Mullein Moth caterpillar but it was only around 7-8mm long and a field guide noted it as 50mm.

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Species with which Mullein (Shargacucullia verbasci) interacts

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The 2nd photo above shows

The 2nd photo above shows what appeared beneath the leaf, the caterpillar having first changed colour and then this next stage in the process. The size is about 5-6mm. Any ideas?

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Mullein moth caterpillar

Seeing the large number of entries for this moth's caterpillar, I saw that one said the caterpillars were 5cm in length. My caterpillar was about 7/8mm and it did not get any larger. One day, I noticed the colour had changed to a much duller colour and the next day, it had disappeared, but on the underside of the leaf was the tiny tube-shaped 'thing'.Now, many weeks later, the tube is still there, the same size. What is this all about, I wonder?

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Discarded skin?

Could it be the curled up shed skin after the caterpillar moved off in its new one?