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Jul 16, 2012 11:43 PM

can anyone help identify this caterpillar?

This caterpillar was found by my 4 year old, in the street, in Notingham. He's desperate to know which moth or butterfly it will become, can anyone help?

 

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    Jul 17, 2012 8:38 AM (in response to Stuart Adams)
    Re: can anyone help identify this caterpillar?

    It will not turn into either I am afraid, but that arguably makes it more interesting for yourself and your son. This larvae will turn into a Sawfly, which is a type of wasp. It looks like one of the cimbicid group (Cimbicidae) and one of the Trichiosoma species, possibly Trichiosoma lucorum.

     

    I have never found this species and they are not common. Try feeding it on Birch leaves, and when fully grown (it may be already) it will spin a cocoon and pupate within in. All being well it will emerge next summer if kept in a cool shed or garage over winter.

     

    Good luck and let us know how you both get on.

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