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Sep 24, 2013 7:35 AM

Caterpillar needs indentification

I found this caterpillar on a path in a village near Hull in East Yorkshire.

I have looked through numerous butterfly books, searched the internet

and asked local wildlife experts. If anyone could tell me what it is / what its eats

that would be fantastic.

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    Sep 24, 2013 4:05 PM (in response to hjw)
    Re: Caterpillar needs indentification

    Hi Hjw,

    I think you'll find the reason you can't locate this caterpillar in those books is that it is actually a sawfly larva, of which there are many, and I'm not sure which one you have here.  There are some really spectacular ones about and yours is a good example of that.

    The fact that it has legs on all segments is a good clue, moths and butterfly cats usually have three sets of true legs in front, and a few gaps (depending on the species how many) with 3 or 4 sets of prolegs.

     

    Hope this is helpful

    Crystal

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