Garden Tiger moth Caterpillar. Photo: George McCabe
This Garden Tiger moth caterpillar was seen by George crossing Icen Lane, Weymouth on 26/05/18.
This caterpillar’s foodplants are numerous, from flowers to vegetables . After feeding for a few months the caterpillar goes into dormancy in leaf litter. When it emerges it pupates inside a cocoon spun in low lying vegetation using it’s own hairs and spun silk. The adult moth appears in 2-4 weeks during July – August, depending on weather.
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.
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 →