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Jamanda

One for Buzzy

What do you think this is Buzzy? A tussock moth?


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sean

Here's the still pic. There's a bit of video if you follow the link...


dpack

ace colours for dancing tartan Cool
Chez

It's beautiful!
buzzy

The Tussocks don't have the Denis Healey eyebrows ( Laughing ), and yours doesn't have the black rings round each body segment that Tussocks have. This is a Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua) caterpillar, though what antique orgies have to do with things I have no idea! Same family as the Tussock moths which accounts for the similarity. Very pretty caterpillars.

Henry
buzzy

Just looked in the book and it says this moth family is called the Tussocks because of the tufts of hair in the back of the larvae. I'd have called them the Shaving Brushes if I'd been given the choice. Wink

Henry
Jamanda

Thanks Buzzy. It seems there are a number of common names, so best to stick to the Latin.

For those who may be interested...this moth species has day flying males, but the females are flightless and give out a shed load of pheromones. Neither gender of adult feed so this is indeed a very hungry caterpillar.
buzzy

Well, technically yours is a (small t) tussock moth because it is of the family of Tussock moths (Lymantriidae), but this includes the Dark Tussock, the Pale Tussock, the Reed Tussock, the Brown Tail, the Yellow Tail, the White Satin, the Black V, the Black Arches, the Gipsy, the Scarce Vapourer and the Vapourer. All the larvae are hairy, and the hairs are often irritant (especially in the Brown Tail) so should be handled with care if at all.

Henry
Jamanda

Thank you.

Now how about this thing?



Jamanda

I can't even place that in a phlyum!
buzzy

Looks as if it's on a piece of seaweed, in which case I think it's an early stage of Goose Barnacle. Don't know enough about them to give a species name, I'm afraid.

Henry
Mistress Rose

Is it the brown tail that can infest hawthorn and completely denude the plant? We sometimes have outbreaks of it round here.
buzzy

Is it the brown tail that can infest hawthorn and completely denude the plant? We sometimes have outbreaks of it round here.


I'm fairly sure that's the one. Don't get too near big infestations - if you happen to be sensitive (and sometimes even if you are not) it can be really nasty. Or so I read. I was looking at a big cluster a few weeks ago and I'm still here.

Henry
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