Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Observation - Caterpillar - UK and Ireland. Description: During our visit this year late October-early November we saw these black caterpillars whenever the weather was at all fine. Mostly they were on grass, though the first of these examples was on a rock. Some were quite long - a couple of inches at least. T

During our visit this year late October-early November we saw these black caterpillars whenever the weather was at all fine. Mostly they were on grass, though the first of these examples was on a rock. Some were quite long - a couple of inches at least. The closest I can get from field guides etc is the Fox Moth (Macrothylacia rubi), but I am not at all certain this is it. The caterpillar in the second photograph, taken a few days previously, seems to have grey hairs rather than orange. The third caterpillar was photographed in March 2004 when, again, there were lots about and usually on grass. It looks the same to me, though the photograph isn't very clear.