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Dark grey caterpillar with white lines up the body and a pink face

Puss Moth Caterpillar. Photo: Bill Wiseman

Puss Moth Caterpillar. Photo: Bill Wiseman

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.

Privet Hawkmoth. Parkstone

Privet Hawkmoth. Photo: Bill Wiseman

Privet Hawkmoth. Photo: Bill Wiseman

Bill sent us these photos of this Privet Hawkmoth which he found in his Parkstone garden on 1/07/19.

With a wingspan  of 90-120 mm. this is our largest resident hawk-moth, which is distributed in the southern half of Britain, and has distinctive pink and black barring on the body.

The similarly-striped hindwings are often concealed.

It frequents woodland and suburban habitats, and flies in June and July, with a single generation.