Dom Greves, the techie behind all the impressive bits of this website, has videoed Lulworth Skipper caterpillars in action. Continue reading
A wonderfully late find by Karen Williams of a Painted Lady caterpillar found in the car-park at Brandy Row, Chiswell on Portland on 11/10/2016. The butterfly, which is a migrant to Britain each year, is continuously brooded on the continent but here in the UK, the species is unable to survive our winters at any stage and so the butterflies will either die or make a return flight to North Africa.
A spectacular looking Pine Hawkmoth caterpillar found walking across the pavement on The Avenue in Westbourne on 28/08/2016, most likely looking for somewhere to pupate.
A caterpillar of the Drinker moth, photographed at Hengistbury Head on 23/08/2016.
A good find by David Wareham of a Buff Tip caterpillar at Talbot Heath on 25/08/2016.
A first for Andrew Cooper’s Bournemouth garden; a Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) caterpillar, feeding on Bedstraw in his window pot. Photo taken on 09/08/2016.
Dave Law “stumbled across” this batch of near fully grown Peacock caterpillars along the bank of the River Stour near Sturminster Newton on 13/07/2016. In a very short time these will move into their chrysalis stage, and within a few weeks, into adult butterflies.
Dave Law brings us this exciting news: “A walk along the Dorset coast from Ringstead Bay to Durdle Door revealed the offspring of the Painted Lady feeding on thistles . Virtually every clump revealed near fully grown larvae. Prepare for a summer emergence in the next 2-3 weeks!” Continue reading
A beautiful Pale Tussock caterpillar, photographed on 10/10/2015 near Longthorns.
The striking caterpillars of the Buff-tip moth live gregariously, feeding on a range of deciduous trees and on occasion, defoliating entire branches but pose no threat to garden plants. Photographed in Winton, Bournemouth on /09/2015.