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  • Graeme Stroud
    Jan 8, 2014
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      Thanks Reg, Richard suggested the buff-tip too.

       

      I think it’s the best candidate – I can’t remember the larvae in enough detail to say for sure, and I’m certainly overstating the size if so, but that’s no great surprise.

      The pattern looks similar.

       

      Thanks both,

      Graeme

       

       

      From: bugclub@yahoogroups.com [mailto:bugclub@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bugclubquestions
      Sent: 08 January 2014 13:16
      To: bugclub@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [bugclub] Caterpillar

       

       

      Hi Graham,

       

      The only species I can think of at that size and time of year is the Buff-tip. They wii feed on most trees and are gregarious in their early stages so usually around in significant numbers.

       

      Best wishes

       

      Reg

       

       

       

      From: Graeme Stroud
      Sent: 08 January 2014 13:20
      To: bugclub@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [bugclub] Caterpillar

       

      Definitely no hawk-moth rear-end spike – first thing I looked for!

      Definitely not furry.

       

      Thanks for the pointers Richard, I’ll check them out.

       

      Regards,

      Graeme

       

       

      From: bugclub@yahoogroups.com [mailto:bugclub@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Richard Comont
      Sent: 07 January 2014 14:48
      To: bugclub@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [bugclub] Caterpillar

       

       

      Not too many candidates at 4 inches long!  The hawk moths (all larvae have a horn at the back end), Lasiocampidae (furry), and maybe a few of the larger remaining species (Red Underwing, Old Lady, Emperor, perhaps), but the one that sounds most likely, albeit smaller, is Buff-tip.  The UKMoths site has caterpillar pics – have a look through

       

      Cheers,

       

      Richard

       

      Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 1:23 PM

      Subject: [bugclub] Caterpillar

       

       

      Hi BugClub,

      Bit of a forlorn hope this one, but you never know . . .

      Autumn before last, I found a tree that was infested with caterpillars.

      Not that yucky silk-web kind of infested, just that there were lots of caterpillars on this tree, and it was only a small tree, 10 or 12 feet high.

      The caterpillars were not very well marked – a bit like the larvae of the large white butterfly, quite pale, but with no easily-defined markings or easily-described pattern.

      But they were large – easily 4 inches long.

      I thought I might be able to identify them by the food plant, but I didn’t recognise the tree either; I think it was some kind of nut tree.

      It was in a tiny front garden in a grubby terrace in Swanscombe, North Kent.

      I didn’t have my camera with me, and by the time I was next in the area, they had all gone.

      Next year, they cut the tree down.

      The reason I haven’t asked before is that the question is so vague: What kind of caterpillar grows to 4 inches long, has vague markings, and lives on an unknown tree?

      Anyone any theories?

      Many thanks,

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      Operations Plant
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