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Mullein Moth caterpillar in Corfe Castle

Large caterpillar with yellow and black markings on a pale green background

Mullein moth caterpillar. Photo: Richard and Sue Sedgley

The identification of the caterpillar can be made partly from the plant it is on: you can see the plant is somewhat hairy, and has a tall main stalk, so it is probably a verbascum – the food plant of the Mullein moth, along with buddleia and figwort. This moth is more often seen in the caterpillar stage than the adult stage, which is usually on the wing in April and May and is much less eye-catching!

Picture taken in a garden in Corfe Castle on 13/06/2017.

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