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Mar 7, 2014 10:59 AM

Can you ID my caterpillar?

Hi, I found this caterpillar in my garden last night.

My garden is in Birmingham.

The caterpillar is roughly the length of a match stick and just

slightly thinner than the width of a pencil.

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    Mar 7, 2014 11:12 AM (in response to AlixD)
    Re: Can you ID my caterpillar?

    It is the caterpillar of an angle shades moth, Phlogophora meticulosa.

     

    They are usually green, but various brown shades occur.

     

    Here's a reddish brown one -

    http://mygarden.rhs.org.uk/photos/miranda_hodgson/picture50963.aspx

     

    Mike

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        Mar 7, 2014 11:58 AM (in response to AlixD)
        Re: Can you ID my caterpillar?

        I suggest you put Andrew back in the garden; anywhere under cover of some herbage (they have a wide variety of plants in their diet) but ideally where you found him. Either he will get back to his routine of feeding and resting (often under cover of darkness), or he will prepare to pupate, or he will become food for something else. If you keep him in a box, he may sulk and die. At least if he dies outside, he will probably do so in providing food for something else interesting/nice.

         

        Then you can keep an eye out for an adult angle shades moth; they have lovely cryptic patterning.

        http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?bf=2306

        And if you see one, maybe you'll wonder if it is Andrew.

         

        Mike

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    Mar 7, 2014 6:57 PM (in response to AlixD)
    Re: Can you ID my caterpillar?

    Yes I agree. Definitely Angle Shades Moth.

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