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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
Mistress Rose

Another one for you Buzzy, but not an insect. Yesterday we saw a greater spotted woodpecker on our nut feeder. Strange as it is nowhere near any woods, nearest about 1/2 mile or more away.
sgt.colon

MR, are those the red and black ones? If so we had one on our nuts a few years ago and we have no woodland anywhere near us.
buzzy

I guess Great Spotted Woodpeckers will travel as far as they need to get food, especially in the winter. My 'go to' ornithologist friend has a great dislike of them, so I daren't risk asking her for more info, but I'll see what I can find from the other birdy people I know.

We have had two different females, and at least one male visiting our peanut feeders in the past week. Quite a lot of drumming going on as well.

SC, yes, black and white mainly with red bits here and there (depending on age and sex).

Henry
Mistress Rose

Thanks Buzzy, I know lesser spotted have been seen on bird feeders near our woods, so we think they probably live mainly in the woods, although we have never seen them, but didn't think greater would be on them. We hear them a lot in the woods, and sometimes see them. They mainly feed on insects, so didn't even know they would eat nuts.
gz

Whose home would this be/have been?
halfway down the blogpost (image just too big to post )

https://gzandco.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/beauty-spoiled.html
buzzy

I think this would probably belong to a Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) (which, despite the scientific name are not really cave dwellers! Laughing )

Henry
buzzy

If it was very close to running water (bank of a stream for example) it might have belonged to a Dipper (Cinclus cinclus). Any estimate possible of the diameter of the hole?

Henry
gz

inch and a quarter?
There are wrens about. Its probably too high above the river and too near the road for a dipper.
Pirate thought a field mouse. I prefer wren.

It is four foot from the ground, by an old doorway in the mill, about four foot from the road.
buzzy

inch and a quarter?
There are wrens about. Its probably too high above the river and too near the road for a dipper.
Pirate thought a field mouse. I prefer wren.

It is four foot from the ground, by an old doorway in the mill, about four foot from the road.


Sorry Pirate, but I don't think mice are that neat and would not have their front door in the middle!

I think Dippers always build very close to running water, so I'll stay with my original guess of Wren.

Henry
Mistress Rose

I would think wren too. We have one built in an angle in the scaffold poles that holds up our log store. It is tucked into the odd bit of plastic tarp that we pad the poles with to stop them rubbing on the cover.
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