Saturday, 19 December 2015

A Fascination for Caterpillars

Although caterpillars can be found at anytime of the year, a good time to go searching for them is during August, September and October when I specifically look for maturing larvae of the Hawkmoth (Sphingidae) and Prominent (Notodontidae) families. A walk along woodland rides patiently inspecting sallow, willow and birch can be very rewarding.


Poplar Hawkmoth (Laothoe populi) (mature larva on sallow)



Pebble Prominent (Notodonta ziczac) (mature larva on sallow)



Coxcomb Prominent (Ptilodon capucina) (mature larva on sallow)



Coxcomb Prominent (Ptilodon capucina) (mid-instar larva on sallow)


 
Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma) (mid-instar larva on birch)


 
Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala) (larva on oak)

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