mullein moth on mullein leaf

mullein moth on mullein leaf

Observation - mullein moth on mullein leaf - UK and Ireland. Description: Small (1-1.5cm upwards) caterpillars all over upper and lower surfaces ofleaves of mullein (Verbascum probably thapsus as this species has been observed here before). Caterpillars have no bristles and are marked with black spots within larger yellow spots

Small (1-1.5cm upwards) caterpillars all over upper and lower surfaces ofleaves of mullein (Verbascum probably thapsus as this species has been observed here before). Caterpillars have no bristles and are marked with black spots within larger yellow spots, all on a creamy background, within thin transverse stripes either dark blue or grey. The leaf shows signs of being eaten.