While gardening early this morning my eye focussed on a leaf as I was trimming plants back along the lawn edge. It looked a bit peculiar, was it diseased? or was it a leaf gall? It was on the leaf of a species of willow grown for the rather gorgeous furry silver catkins. It moved! What is that?!!!!
On closer inspection we found it had a bigger and fatter friend . . .
A search on Google and a check through The Reader's Digest Field Guide to the Butterflies and othe insects of Britain has identified these masters of camouflage as Sallow Kitten moth caterpillars. Sallow Kitten – weren't they a girl group in the 90s?
Notes From Epping Forest: August
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