Last Sunday we found two cunningly camouflaged caterpillars on our small shrubby willow. They've been there all week, in the morning we wander down to the end of the lawn to see if they are still there, how many more leaves they've chomped through amd how much bigger they've grown.
This evening the smaller of the two looks like this . . .
I was chuffed when Dean of Mostly Macro confirmed my ID of these as Sallow Kitten Moth caterpillars.
Well, now I'm not so sure – this is what the larger caterpillar now looks like . . .
Has the kitten grown up? Is it a Puss Moth caterpillar after all? Any moth experts out there – help!
Saturday 19th July pm . . . BREAKING NEWS . . .
Now I know why even Dean was fooled! Those clever little blighters are wearing 'Sallow Kitten Moth look-alike' costumes and then they shed them to reveal the scary-monster Puss Moth caterpillar outfit complete with false eyes and whirly twirly pink whips which protrude from their back legs – yes, the twin tails are adapted back legs - how wicked is that!!!!
Here is the younger caterpillar doing his quick costume change . . .
River Diary by Ronald Blythe
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