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gray_b



Joined: 24 Jun 2011
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Location: Leafy Shires of the Midlands
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 15 8:55 am    Post subject: Caterpiller ID ? Reply with quote
    

I have scoured the internet, and all of my books but I cannot identify this caterpillar.

They is eating my quince leaves.

Any body any ideas, as I have 2 species in mind, but they are not quite correct to the books.


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johnc



Joined: 16 May 2005
Posts: 101
Location: Hay on Wye
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 15 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It's a Vapourer Moth caterpillar

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 15 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

yep.

gray_b



Joined: 24 Jun 2011
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Location: Leafy Shires of the Midlands
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 15 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That looks like the one.

I think I will move them off my quinces thou.

Wikipedia says they like Prunus, so I will put them onto some blackthorn. But I must watchout for the toxins on the bristles.

Falstaff



Joined: 27 May 2009
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 15 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Don't worry about "Toxins" , you'll never notice them !

They'll be fine on Blackthorn or hawthorn and since the females have no wings, wherever you put them, you're pretty much starting new colonies - I'd spread them about a bit, where you think they'll be safe from too much cutting !

The cocoons are quite high up the twigs, so may well get destroyed by even quite light trimming in the winter.



lovely caterpillars - almost completely grown btw so they won't be "stripping your bushes"

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