Subject: Catapillar identification
September 27, 2014 6:09 am
At home I have at least half a dozen catapillars and am feeding them apple at the moment but I am unsure of the species that the catapillar is;consequent not being able to feed them ther favourite food.if you can reply as soon as that would be fantastic so I can understand what to feed them also the catapillar has an orange tail and blue body with a black and orange head ,it also has random black spots speckled over its body
Though it looks like a caterpillar, this is not a caterpillar, but rather a Sawfly Larva. We believe we may have correctly identified it as a Gooseberry Sawfly Larva, Nematus ribesii, thanks to this image on FlickR. According to DownGardenServices: “The caterpillar-like larva is light green with black dots and a shiny, black head. If disturbed it clings to the edge of the leaf while bending into a S-shape. All of the leaves can disappear with only the stalks and a few veins remaining. Check any leaves beyond them and the larvae will be there, so they can be rubbed off. The lack of foliage weakens the bush and it produces a very poor crop the following year.” An even closer match is the Willow Sawfly, , which is pictured on PBase and Wikimedia Commons.