Vapourer moth

2nd September 2006, Saturday

I came across two Vapourer moth caterpillars (Orgyia antiqua) on my walk the other day. One of them was in Sedlescombe at TQ785179, and was sitting on a blackthorn leaf. The other was in Battle Great Wood at TQ767162, and was sitting on a bramble leaf. Sometimes the caterpillars are more beautiful than the moths they turn into. The male moths are day flying, while the females are virtually wingless.
Vapourer moth caterpillar
Dave Monk