Subject: we found sonething
Location: in the backyard in blackpool lancs uk
July 21, 2015 12:28 pm
My son found a bug and we don’t know what it is. We would like u to look at our picture and let is know what it is please.
Signature: normal

Puss Moth Caterpillar

Puss Moth Caterpillar

Dear normal,
Thanks an image on FlickR, we were able to identify this Prominent Moth Caterpillar as
Cerura vinula, the Puss Moth Caterpillar.  According to UK Moths:  “Named after the cat-like appearance of the adult moth, this species is fairly common throughout most of Britain.  The striking caterpillar feeds on aspen (Populus tremula) as well as poplar (Populus spp.) and willow (Salix spp.). When disturbed, it raises its head and waves the twin tails, which have pinkish extendable flagellae.”  This species should not be confused with the North American Puss Moth, which is in a different family, the Flannel Moths, but we embarked upon our identification based on the resemblance your caterpillar has to the North American Prominent Moth Caterpillars in the genus Heterocampa.

Location: Blackpool, Lancaster, UK

One Response to Puss Moth Caterpillar from the UK

  1. Not a very endearing name…

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