Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum) caterpillar_

 Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum) caterpillar_

Observation - Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum) caterpillar_ - UK and Ireland. Description: Caterpillar found in urban garden, Norwich. On asparagus pea plant. First seen 11/09/12 about 2cm long. Paler Greeny yellow in early instar. Have been rearing it in captivity, it ate a variety of leaves. Now very active and not eating much. We wonder if

Caterpillar found in urban garden, Norwich.
On asparagus pea plant. First seen 11/09/12 about 2cm long. Paler Greeny yellow in early instar. Have been rearing it in captivity, it ate a variety of leaves. Now very active and not eating much. We wonder if it has specific needs as a pupa.