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03/06/2014 at 11:25

This little chap is happily munching my new rose bush leaves - there are plenty so I don't think that's going to be a problem - I think it might be the caterpillar of the Vapourer moth.  

Can anyone confirm this please?



03/06/2014 at 11:29

No idea what it is - but cute!

03/06/2014 at 11:38

the google pics of vapourer moth caterpillar show 4 yellow marks on the back of the caterpillar which are tufts of hairs

03/06/2014 at 13:10

If you click and zoom on my pic you'll see that  'my' caterpillar has 4 yellow hairy spots - two are very bright and two are quite dull - I wonder whether they will brighten 

03/06/2014 at 13:18

That's a remarkably healthy-looking leaf it's on, Dove.

03/06/2014 at 14:42

My first thought too Steve

Couldn't see any other caterpillar exactly like this so suspect Dove is right.  Wonder if the spots do change as they develop/age.  Interesting.

03/06/2014 at 19:41

Hi Dove, It's definitely a vapourer caterpillar, not sure why it has two darker yellow spots, but they do vary a bit, and they can change colour when they are starting to pupate. I get them in my garden, rather handsome looking. They eat lots of things so won't gobble up all your rose.

03/06/2014 at 20:02

Any suggestions about what else it might like to eat - that's a rather precious rose only planted this year - do you think it might like forsythia?  Got plenty of that.  

04/06/2014 at 17:27

I found mine of a number of shrubs and plants last year, laurel and blueberries that I can remember. I would pick him/her up gently with a leaf and put on your forsythia. It will soon wander off to find something else if it doesn't like that.

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