Sunday, 12 March 2017

Bag Season and Footman Cat

I had a quick round on Royds Hall Lane stopping en route to look at tree bases for Bagworms
I restricted looking to South facing stone but nothing evident

Lichens were not abundant  on southern Faces and in particular the usual section were I think wall had been repointed and anti foul paint applied . I did however find one Caterpillar circa 0.8 - 1.1. cm. Unfortunately my usual lens is shot so the imaging on the G6 is not good

It looks like the caterpillar of The Common Footman Double Click Image Link ( ???)  and Link 2  which would make sense being found at the base of Lichen Covered Wall . The second image below is lightened and trimmed and you can see (i) the  8 extended orange segments and (ii) the white bristles on each segment The larvae feed on various species of lichens found on trees and fence posts. It overwinters as a larva.

1 comment:

AndyC said...

Agree with Common Footman , they seem to like walls with lichens..they were quite common at the Stainland site for bagworms.