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Sep 6, 2013 1:01 PM

Brown hairy caterpillar with orange red white spots/stripes

We have several of these beauties in our garden (Taunton, Somerset) right now (6th Sept) they have been around for several weeks at least.

 

Looks similar to a brown tail / yellow tail moth caterpillar, but doesn't match the colourings from what I can see from online pics.

 

They are about 6cm long, two of them are munching our 'Veronica' flower and a third one a lot smaller but same colouring is on a rose bush nearby.

 

I hear the brown/yellow tails can cause bad irritation to human's skin/lungs so worried about our cats..?!

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