Saturday, 3 January 2009

Caterpillar ID

Hi Chris
As Derek suggested the larva is likely to be Brimstone moth. I was not 100% sure as I have never seen this species in the larval form before. I sent your image to Reg Fry and he comfirms it is indeed likely to be Brimstone. Try to rear through if you can and then Andy will have confirmed breeding at CB. I have always assumed it did breed at CB but its nice to have confirmation.

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda from Sue and Paul

2 comments:

Chris said...

Paul
Thanks for going to all the trouble to id the caterpillar, unfortunately I did not bring it away from the site with me. I know hindside is a wonderful thing and I really should have done.

My girlfriend gets a bit concerned with jars of creatures, skulls, feathers and insect cases around the house, from now on though I will keep a large glass coffee jar and a paint brush in the car. They can always sit on my desk as they develop. Is there anything else apart from the food plant that they would need?

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi Chris
They need to be left outside in a an unheated building to prevent premature development. Also old plastic tubs with a pop sock streached over the top are better than jars wgich tend to gather condensation.