Thursday, 7 August 2014

Why did the caterpillar cross the road?

... to bemuse a moth recorder.


Whilst driving along the back lanes from Brechfa to Cross Hands and back I saw 7 identical-looking dark, hairy caterpillars cross the road (Felingwm, Nantgaredig, Maesybont, Dryslwyn x2, Pantglas x2).  I stopped for one and would normally have IDed it as a Garden Tiger, but we're in the peak of GT's flight season so it seemed a bit odd having large larvae of that species scurrying around.  Is the poor (I-Pod) photo confirmable?

Maggie James' suggestion of Fox Moth makes a lot of sense, and mine did have orange patches on its back.  But I'm now bemused at seeing Fox Moth in 6 such very ordinary places.  Its recorded distribution to 2013 in inland Carms is rather upland (map below).

3 comments:

  1. Looks like it lacks the long white hairs of Garden Tiger.

    Could it be Muslin Moth or White Ermine? There are some dark examples shown on ukleps.org.

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  2. Pretty sure the hairs are too long for Fox...I think it must be an arctiid.

    George

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  3. There have been several similar hairy jobs crawling around in my garden this week. They were quite small - not much more than 1" long - and had a pale yellow dorsal stripe. I assumed that they were from the Ermine family.

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