Hairy Beastie

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I found this caterpillar on my broad beans this morning.

I've no idea what it is but assume it is some sort of moth. It certainly gives a strong impression that its probably not good to touch. The birds were certainly leaving it alone.

I have left it to carry on nibbling the leaves.

K20D with the Samsung version of the DFA100 macro.

F16, 1/60 sec & ISO 200

In wind & bright sun.

17/06/2010 - 11:01GlynM
CategoryWildlife / Nature
Shutter Speed1/60
Focal Length100mm


Link Posted 17/06/2010 - 16:20
Nice picture! I suggest you to don't touch it it seems quite dangerous. Seems a kind of Thaumetopoea processionea (or something similar) they are irritant for the skin. If you have a dog or a cat keep him away from it as if they eat them is a mess.


Link Posted 17/06/2010 - 16:58
Many thanks.

A hunt around the net seems to suggest that it is probably a Vapourer Moth, Orgyia antiqua.

This does come with a warning that its hairs can cause skin irritation, so your advice was very relevant.

It is apparently common in the UK, particularly in the south.

It seems to have moved on leaving a couple of half eaten leaves on my broad beans.

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