Caterpillar identification

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Caterpillar identification

Postby AngJones » Tue 05 Feb 2013 22:37

Caterpillar Cycle Path.JPG
Spotted this caterpillar crawling on a cycle path between Monifieth and Carnoustie last Sunday (3rd February). Grid ref. NO 534 334. Any idea what it might be?
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Re: Caterpillar identification

Postby admin » Tue 05 Feb 2013 23:37

Hi

Yes, it is a Ruby Tiger moth caterpillar. Speaking with renowned expert Roy Leverton: It's the only tiger caterpillar that overwinters fully grown. The date isn't specially early, but they normally wait for a sunny day to come out and bask. They don't feed after hibernation, but pupate in the Spring and emerge as an adult moth in June.

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Re: Caterpillar identification

Postby AngJones » Tue 05 Feb 2013 23:45

Many thanks for the identification and the information. I've just googled to see what the adult looks like - what an attractive moth it is!
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