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Nov 22, 2010 6:28 PM

Another larva for id please.

Hello all,

             I found this larva on a Bindweed leaf on August 28th,the Bindweed was growing through Gorse which had GreenHairstreak butterflies perching in it earlier in the season.I am not sure if damage to leaf is due to catterpillar or the gorse spines,although it remained on the leaf for 3-4 days,it was 22-25mm long.Can anyone help with an id please?

 

                                          Thanks Foxylad.

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    Nov 23, 2010 10:26 AM (in response to foxylad)
    Re: Another larva for id please.

    I am pretty sure that this funky little caterpillar is that of the Plume moth, Emmelina monodactyla - I say 'pretty sure' as several species have pretty similar looking caterpillars but I think this is the principal Convolvulus feeding species.


    It is a common and widespread species, the caterpillars making lace-work out of the leaves with their feeding.

     

    See UK Moths for further info. http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=2557

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