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vuiew of Garden Tiger moth caterpillar crossing Icen Lane

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.

view of a Peacock caterpillar moving quickly up a road

Peacock Caterpillar. Photo: George McCabe

George saw this Peacock caterpillar at Bincombe, Weymouth on 25/08/2017.

He said he saw

A Peacock caterpillar motoring down Ican Lane

Probably desperately searching for its foodplant: nettles, where it will feed and then pupate before emerging as one of the UK’s favourite resident butterflies.

Painted Lady caterpillar. Photo: Karen Williams

Painted Lady caterpillar. Photo: Karen Williams

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.

Peacock caterpillars. Photo: Dave Law

Peacock caterpillars. Photo: Dave Law

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.


Painted Lady Caterpillars

Painted Lady caterpillar. Photo: Dave Law

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