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Jun 3, 2010 9:50 AM

Furry Black Caterpillar, Derbyshire

My daughter found this rather beautiful black Caterpillar whilst out walking through the heather on top of Stanage Edge in the Derbyshire Peak District, and as yet we still have not found out what type it is. The photo was taken on 10/10/2009. The caterpillar had no obvious bands or markings, other than being very furry. Any experts among all you lovely people who can help me identify, please? Thanking you all
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    Jun 3, 2010 10:00 AM (in response to gingapie)
    Re: Furry Black Caterpillar, Derbyshire

    I would be inclined to say 'Fox moth', Macrothylacia rubi, though it does appear darker than I have usually seen them.

     

    Anyone else with any thoughts?

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    • Hello there. This fellow brings back painfull memories of 1973 for me. I found about 30 of them on the cliff tops around Peel in the Isle of Man and had them all over me. That night I woke with the most amazing rash and had to have calamine lotion rubbed over my red and pink splotched face neck and hands for about three days. At the time a local friend said they were Fox Moth caterpillars. So perhaps the Bumblebee is right on the nail.
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