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Oct 1, 2010 8:18 PM

Distinctive hairy caterpillar

I'm sure I should be able to identify this one, it's so distinctive, but I'm having no joy. Was originally thinking along the lines of Tussock / Vapourer. It's probably terribly obvious, but I would appreciate some help! Thanks.....

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    Oct 1, 2010 8:49 PM (in response to Gill Stevens)
    Re: Distinctive hairy caterpillar
    I think that is the caterpillar of the white satin moth, Leucoma salicis.
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        Dec 7, 2010 6:05 PM (in response to Gill Stevens)
        Re: Distinctive hairy caterpillar

        Hi Gill

        I can see why Clive suggested White satin, but it is definitely Acronicta rumicis, the Knot grass moth (a Noctuid). The downward facing white Vs separated by red marks along the sides are diagnostic. See http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=795

        It feeds on a variety of plants, including Polygonum aviculare, Common knot grass. Yours appears to be on a sp. of Polygonum.

        Cheers

        Ian

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          Dec 9, 2010 6:42 PM (in response to IFSmith)
          Re: Distinctive hairy caterpillar

          Hi all,

                   I certainly agree that this is a Knot grass moth caterpillar those red and white markings are very distictive.

           

                                                                                                                                                    Regards Foxylad.

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