Can someone please help me identify this caterpillar. I have tries myself using various references but cannot find a match anywhere. It was found today, Saturday the 10th. Many thanks
I`ve only one suggestion but I am really not sure as these are usually yellow - Buff Tip - maybe they are variable.
What is annoying is that there is a similar picture on iPhoto (type in blue and orange caterpillar) but they do not name it. Some people have no curiosity!
It looks as if it might be very small - was it one of many?
Buff tip is too hairy.
Reminds me of magpie moth, Abraxas grossulariata,
except for the green colouration on your specimen...
Just thinking out loud rather than providing an answer...
I agree with Mike. I had made a note of Magpie but couldn't find my notes!
I suppose its not really clever to be wise after the event. I did look at ukleps.org but couldn't find a proper match.
The most annoying thing is that there is a very similar coloured photo but without a name at istockphoto file #3035109 . However this is blue green and orange at either end. I wonder if Mike has seen this?
No - I hadn't seen that photo. Thanks.
But now that you've pointed it out, it strikes me as a sawfly larva, specifically willow sawfly (Nematus salicis).
That definitely gets us on the right track.
I think yours is the larva of a hazel sawfly, Croesus septentrionalis
There are other sawflies that look similar in various respects, eg.:
- blackcurrant (Nematus olfaciens) - http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/268694
- gooseberry (Nematus ribesii) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nematus_ribesii
- Nematus bohemani - http://wanda.uef.fi/biologia/nyman/IOWexternalfeeders.htm (also on willow)
But none are as good a match as Croesus septentrionalis