28 Aug 2014

The caterpillar from Wordless Wednesday

Thanks to a comment from Countryside Tales, we have an explanation as to what this little chap actually is...and will become.




Looks like a fox moth caterpillar to me. They remain as caterpillars through the winter, feeding until September before hibernating till spring. They're heath and coastal moths. Here's a link if you're interested in seeing the adult:

 http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=1999

 (if that doesn't work, go to ukmoths.org and type in fox moth. CT :-)

Thanks Countryside Tales

 

10 comments:

  1. You learn something new every day! Thanks!

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  2. a moth! I thought this caterpillar looked a bit different.

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  3. Fascinating, but I absolutely hate moths :)
    I had no idea what it was !

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    1. I'm with you there Eileen. Butterflies okay with me, but somehow moths freak me out. Having said that I quite like the look of them at this caterpillar stage.

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  4. Do they supposedly predict your winter weather like our woolly caterpillars do? Not overly accurate though: they predicted a mild winter last year and it was a brutally long one in New York state.

    That said, I do love the fuzziness of them!

    -Barb

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    1. I've not heard of them predicting the weather here Barb, but anything is likely. I do know when there are a lot of berries on the holly trees, it means a bad Winter - it's looked upon that the berries are there ready to feed the birds during a time when their food won't be so easily available....(and that prediction has been right sometimes.)

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  5. Amazing creature! Nice to learn a bit more about him/her!

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    1. I agree, it is good to know a bit about them. So pleased CT added her comment explaining them :-)

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