On 28th July, I spotted this Grayling trying to get into my kitchen in Lower Parkstone, Poole! After giving up, he re-fuelled on a nearby Buddleia. Grayling are now showing in several unlikely places in our area. We suspect they come from Parkstone golf course.
David is right, they have been recently been reported in an urban garden in Broadstone and another in a rural garden at Harman’s Cross.
Bill sent us these photos of a Puss Moth caterpillar which he found on 15/07/19 whilst doing a spot of gardening in Parkstone.
This one is at an early stage before it turns bright green and grows longer tails. It will over winter as a pupa in a very hard cocoon spun on a tree trunk or post incorporating wood macerated by the caterpillar. In May-July the following year it will emerge as a large furry greyish white moth with black spots on thorax and base of forewing.