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Fox Moth Caterpillar

We came across this what I believe is the Fox Moth Caterpillar a few years ago as we were walking by the Ladybower Reservoirs in the Peak District. Fully grown caterpillars are up to 7cm in length. They have long brown hairs on the sides of the body and shorter dark orange hairs on the upper surface. Young caterpillars are darker brown with light orange bands along the body. The caterpillars hibernate fully grown, but emerge to bask in the spring sunshine before pupating in April.

Fox Moth Caterpillar

We came across this what I believe is the Fox Moth Caterpillar a few years ago as we were walking by the Ladybower Reservoirs in the Peak District. Fully grown caterpillars are up to 7cm in length. They have long brown hairs on the sides of the body and shorter dark orange hairs on the upper surface. Young caterpillars are darker brown with light orange bands along the body. The caterpillars hibernate fully grown, but emerge to bask in the spring sunshine before pupating in April.

comments (10)

What c.c. is this ? Have we moved on ? I'm confused, Brian...
Brian Walbey: We have moved on Frank, this is top speed for this character, all of 2 c.c.I should think smile
He's just beautiful! Never mind Frank - you can show as many caterpillars as you want!
Brian Walbey: I think I have got the right species name for it, it is certainly very attractive. I gave Frank a suitable reply BTW. smile
C'est une très belle chenille.
Brian Walbey: Lovely isn't it.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 9 Jun 2018, 06:25
Well spotted Brian, this is a lovely looking thing
Brian Walbey: I hope I've got the right species in my title, I bet Lisl would know.
i glad you kept an eye out, Brian. i hope this survived to the pupa stage.
Brian Walbey: I nearly trod on it, fortuntely I didn't and got a photo imstead, it is a very colourful caterpillar.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Jun 2018, 18:01
Oh, what a hairy caterpillar - a very good close-up!
Brian Walbey: Quite a colourful one isn't it.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jun 2018, 18:48
It has certainly has more hair than I do! Is this one of the caterpillars where its hairs cause rashes on humans?
Brian Walbey: It might be Alan, I didn't attempt to touch it.
Here I am not an expert, but usually the caterpillars are transformed into pupae and then into butterflies and only these are coupled.
Brian Walbey: I would love to see what the Butterfly from one of these looks like.
That is a very impressive caterpillar Brian
Brian Walbey: It certainly is, I would love to see what the Butterfly from one of these looks like.
What rich colour and very good detail.
Brian Walbey: I would love to see what it looked like once it had pupated.

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