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Aug 29, 2013 1:14 PM

Caterpillar identification, please

This beast of a caterpillar was in my reedbed this morning. It's about 75mm long and has the general form of moth or butterfly caterpillar, but the skin is unusually smooth and reflective. The profile is also flatter. I've never seen one and would be delighted to know what it is.

 

Many thanks, Tony Martin

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    Aug 29, 2013 1:36 PM (in response to Tony Martin)
    Re: Caterpillar identification, please

    Tony,

     

    Good find.

    It is the larva of a goat moth, Cossus cossus.

    It might be five years old at this stage.

    http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=6526

     

    Does it smell 'goaty'?

     

    Mike

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        Aug 29, 2013 6:05 PM (in response to Tony Martin)
        Re: Caterpillar identification, please

        Tony,

         

        You're very welcome.

        Always good to have a happy 'customer'.

         

        Oh, BTW, there are some insects that will eat their way through metal as well!

        ...Timber with lead flashing, I think. It is a recollection in which I can't remember the name of the insect, unfortunately

         

        Mike

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