Caren's picture

Is this horrible to find in the garden? I've never seen these before.

Observed: 10th August 2013 By: Caren

I found these when I went to clean out our hedgehog house today. No hedgehogs in the last year unfortunately but I found that the pond-liner covering was attached to the wooden top of the house by the silk surrounding these grub/caterpillar things. The grubs appear to have eaten channels of the wooden top of the house. I've never seen anything like this before and just want to know if I need to worry about them. The hedgehog house is buried in a woody/shrubby area of the garden and is only disturbed once a year for cleaning. nothing like this found before (although this is the first year we haven't had a hedgehog in the house too).

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Michael Funnell's picture

Maybe beetle larvae.

Many beetle larvae live in old or rotting wood. One reason why dead wood is so important! Not horrible to find at all.

Fenwickfield's picture


I have seen this before on ispot and I think it was a type of moth larvae that's usually found in nest boxes.I would agree with Michael that it is not a horrible find just think birds and even hedgehogs will eat these it's the circle of life and everything has a purpose.


Caren's picture

Bee Moth

Hi everyone who has so kindly responded to my query.

I have looked this up on the Encyclopaedia of Life site and that is exactly what I have on my hedgehog house!

Interestingly, although we did not have a hedgehog in the house during the last year, there is a bumble bee nest - so it completely fits with finding Bee moths! And the hedgehog house is positioned very near to our towering old-wood pile as well.

I'm glad it's not some horrible invasive species or something like that, and have carefully replaced it where it was.

Many thanks again for your time xx