Rusty Tussock Moth, Vapourer

I always enjoy finding strange bugs wherever I go. These are strange to me – probably people who pay attention to their surroundings won’t find these particularly strange…so today – the relatively commonplace and the definitely new (to me).

New to me is this Rusty Tussock Moth Caterpillar ( Orgyia antiqua)…at least, that’s what I think it is…it’s definitely a Tussock Moth Caterpillar…well…90% sure, the rusty bit is a bit more of an educated guess as that’s the nearest I can get looking at all the pictures I can find of these things. Fabulously hairy, probably a bit poisonous and some great colours…what more could you want from you bugs? It’s also known as a “Vapourer” as well apparently.

The more mundane is what I believe is a tree bumblebee (b. hypnorum) which have only been present in the UK since 2001, but are now pretty widespread across the south of England…again, please don’t take my ID as gospel…I have been known to be spectacularly wrong 😉

As always – if you know better, please let me know using the form below.

Tree Bumblebee


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I'm an amateur photographer who enjoys music. I'm currently the Chairman and Digital Secretary of the Bishops Stortford Camera club and an an LRPS and CPAGB

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