Caterpillar

Spotted this rather colourful caterpillar on a walk around Roxwell, it’s a Mullein Moth Caterpillar


I take a lot of photographs every day, but rarely publish more than one or two. Indeed I have a lot of photographs that I haven’t even processed which seems a shame, so here’s, hopefully, the first of a few catch up posts.

Yesterday we had a great walk around Rowney Wood, a lovely wood between Thaxted and Saffron Walden – you’ll find it almost opposite the main entrance to Carver Barracks as you head towards Debden in Essex. We spent around an hour strolling around the woods and saw many species of butterfly, all of which are shown in this image.

Of the butterflies going clockwise from top left we have:

  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
  • Large Skipper (Ochlodes faunu)
  • Comma (Polygonia c-album)
  • Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
  • Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

There was a species of butterfly that we often see in the woods but didn’t see yesterday which is the Peacock (Aglais io)…that’s the caterpillar you see here – there were hundreds of these busily devouring nettle leaves.


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.

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