The mysterious case of the psychedelic caterpillar

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Friday 15 August 2014 12:53

Pink and yellow, not exactly my favourite colour combo (unless of course we are talking Batternberg - marzipan is my only weakness! Well and I can't swim...and I'm scared of E.T. Anyway, where was I?) but quite an unusual one in the world of caterpillars. I swept this from sedge at Burton Pond last month during a survey there and struggled to identify it. Realising it was probably a micro and most likely a pyralid, I posted it on line and didn't get a single response. Well it pupated and has just emerged and I was quite surprised at how much smaller the moth was than the larva. I've only ever seen it three or four times moth trapping at Woods Mill. It's the Nb Nascia cilialis! This photo is from one I caught back in 2011 by the way.

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