Buff-tip moth caterpillars.Photo: Mark Wright

Mark was pleased to learn that these caterpillars he found in his Poole garden are of the Buff-tip moth.

That’s the one that looks exactly like a broken birch twig, or some even suggest a cigarette butt. Larvae are found between July – early October and as Mark found, they initially feed in groups at night on a variety of broadleaved trees and shrubs.

This much loved little moth has one generation,late May-July.

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