Customised Caterpillar

6th September 2008, Saturday


I almost didn’t notice this strange black caterpillar on a gatepost today. I took several photos because I did not recognise it and it was blowing about in the wind.

In the photo below the image has been adjusted to show more detail, and reveals many features – the 2 “horns” are made of about 20 hairs with club ends, 3 pairs of long red pro-legs, 4 abdominal tufts, a tail tuft of clubbed hairs, long black hairs and slightly shorted white hairs. I think it is a Vapourer Moth for more info click here.