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Aug 19, 2011 4:23 PM

Is this a puss moth caterpillar??

A friend took this photo and identified the beasty as a puss moth caterpillar, but they are green, not orange. Is this a colour variation or something else entirely?

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    Aug 20, 2011 9:39 AM (in response to humbugpig)
    Re: Is this a puss moth caterpillar??

    On the subject of its colour, lots of caterpillars turn brown when the time for pupation is approaching. I can't guarantee that that's what is happening here but if the caterpillar is well grown then it probably is.

     

    Re its ID, yes I think it is a puss moth caterpillar though you have to be careful not confuse them with those of kitten moths (sallow kitten etc.).

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      Aug 22, 2011 10:51 AM (in response to jaguarondi)
      Re: Is this a puss moth caterpillar??

      Yep, these are pre-pupatory colours. As the leaves of their foodplant turn orange/brown verdant green is no longer a good colour to be if you wish to avoid predators. By the time they wander off to pupate they are almost purple in colour.

       

      Super caterpillars - common enough but you can never guarantee finding them if you went hunting for them.

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