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Jamanda
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 9:05 pm    Post subject: Moth caterpillars  Reply with quote    

but what sort? benign ermine or nasty processionary? or something else altogether?



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lackey moth

No problem at all

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

PS very nearly full grown - they'll be off to "spin up" shortly.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow, what a fab photo.

EV

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I found the same on the coast path a couple of weekends ago.


Jamanda
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Falstaff

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 15 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice ,

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 15 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had a lot of trouble with brown tail moth near here a few years ago. They stripped most of the hawthorn in some areas. Luckily most survived, but was very sorry for itself for a few years.

Oak processionary moth is found mainly on oak trees. If you find it, look on the Forestry Commission web site as I think there is advice about who to contact about it. So far it is confined to London and surroundings, but any sightings elsewhere are beint taken very seriously, and they are trying to eradicate any small pockets.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 15 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's not on oak. Dunno if I've got any better close-ups as it's still a bit breezy so it was wobbling about.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 15 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:


Oak processionary moth is found mainly on oak trees. If you find it, look on the Forestry Commission web site as I think there is advice about who to contact about it. So far it is confined to London and surroundings, but any sightings elsewhere are beint taken very seriously, and they are trying to eradicate any small pockets.


I suppose - since that thing spins a web as well there'll be poor little lackey moths exterminated all over the countryin huge numbers by the Paranoids

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 15 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



Small Eggar Eriogaster lanestris. Apparently.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 15 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brilliant

Is that the same nest Jamanda showed ?

That used to be so rare when I was playing - that it wasn't even IN most books !

Not exactly a "commoner" nowadays even !

.....There are only eight previous records of adult Small Eggars in the Devon Moth Group database this century; sightings of the caterpillars which live in large silken nests on bushes and trees are more common. .....

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 15 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Same nest. Quite chuffed that I got a decent pic really.

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 15 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think Tav's photo is the lackey, but ours is the small egger. Should I be recording it somewhere Falstaff? I know little of moths!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 15 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Forestry Commission are dealing with identification and eradication of small pockets of oak processionary moth as far as I know, so they will be doing their ID carefully.

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