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Black chrysalis

Observed: 29th October 2013 By: PerdikaPerdika’s reputation in InvertebratesPerdika’s reputation in InvertebratesPerdika’s reputation in Invertebrates

I noticed a kind of tent on the end of a sprig of lavender. When I opened it up I found this black larva. I have no idea what it is. The only insects I generally find on lavender is are rosemary beetle, but this seems to be something different. The remains of the tent are still attached. Once out of its tent it seemed to get bigger but maybe I am just imagining that. It is active when disturbed - quite difficult to photograph.

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This is a chrysalis (the

This is a chrysalis (the stage after a larva).

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Not a Hawk Moth, as they tend

Not a Hawk Moth, as they tend to pupate in the ground and don't spin cocoons (the tent-like structure). It is however, likely to be a moth of some type.

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Thank you for your comments.

I've changed the title (I feel stupid for not realising it was a chrysalis). I hope someone will come along who recognises it. We have Jersey tigers here - could it be that?