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  1. Wandered Scot

    Caterpillar, Berks

    Sorry forgot to attach said 'french connection'. http://www.lepinet.fr/especes/nation/lep/index.php?id=32490&e=p
  2. Wandered Scot

    Caterpillar, Berks

    Okay Paul, I don't know your potential options for your area, if it is rare then it is unlikely and we can discard it. The best option is actually Small Blood-vien (Scopula imitaria) very variable forms including the patches or in this case in particular it has the patches on the sub dorsal...
  3. Wandered Scot

    Larvae I.D

    Hi John & Steve, I think Steve is correct by saying 'could be Dark Arches'. There are three very similar Arches caterpillars and I personally don't trust myself on the id from a photo, in such cases I could only confirm id from rearing. I currently have a pupae waiting to hatch from an Arches...
  4. Wandered Scot

    Caterpillar, Berks

    Hello Paul, I think it is Tawny wave. I've checked through my photos of Scopula spp., checked against available photos on De.lept Forum, and then kimmo's site and there I found a darker form of Tawny wave, but it is the only caterpillar with the matching underlying markings (see attached...
  5. Wandered Scot

    Caterpillar Normandy (and 2 moth confirmations)

    Hi Paul, I think your caterpillar is just a dark form Ruby Tiger, I get them often here and the dates would work. Jim
  6. Wandered Scot

    3 caterpillars for ID

    Hi, 1. Clouded Drab, Orthosia incerta 2. A sawfly larva found on conifers, don't know it personally 3. Small Angle Shades, Euplexia lucipara Better late than never, hope this helps you Inta. Cheers
  7. Wandered Scot

    2 caterpillars for ID

    Hi, 1. I think it is a brown form of Powdered Quake Orthosia gracilis, the timing is about right for you. 2. Pale Pinion, Lithophane hepatica (or sociadepending on the list you look at) Cheers Jim
  8. Wandered Scot

    What is this cheeky caterpillar?

    Hi, I think you would find it is Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, which is on the go at this time of year. It is not a butterfly, and would generally be partially spun inside a leaf. Cheers Jim
  9. Wandered Scot


    Setaceous Hebrew Character, Xestia c-nigrum cheers
  10. Wandered Scot

    ID Brown Caterpiller Wyre Forest

    Dear Jackie, 8 out of 10 for It was about an Inch and a half long, chocolate brown with a slightly lighter brown stipe along the side of the body 3 out of 10 for It was hairless and looked rather like a small piece of poo 10 out of 10 for It was feeding on Primrose and when touched it spat out...
  11. Wandered Scot

    2 Edinburgh Caterpillars

    Hi 1. dark arches? You don't give a length here, there are a couple of micros which are also similar. Even then you really have to be doing a dot to dot, wart to wart check to seperate Dark/ Light/ Reddish Light arches. I still don't trust myself with these and always try to rear thru. 2. I...
  12. Wandered Scot

    caterpillars id

    Thank you very much for the extra photos. I confirm no. 4, see attached. The head has a distinct 'flat oval' form. There are other caterpillars similar, but none with this head form. No.5:brains: It is a long time since I have hit an absolute brick wall in identifying a caterpillar, but I have...
  13. Wandered Scot

    caterpillars id

    1. Correct 2. Scarce Dagger Acronicta auricoma (actually should be called 'Extinct Dagger' in UK!!?) 3. Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina 4. 99% certain it is Bordered White Bupalus piniaria, if you have a second photo of the head area it would confirm that. 5. My first thought is it is a young...
  14. Wandered Scot

    Caterpillars, Berkshire

    This group always makes me nervous in id, but the young Ruby tigers tend to be consistent with the orange or cream slanted marking between the subdorsal and 'mid' line warts. The photo attached is the same larva in two development stages. Cheers, Jim
  15. Wandered Scot

    2 caterpillars for ID

    Looking at the extreme variation found with this species as a caterpillar, from no markings to heavy markings, which is why I missed it doing the quick thumbnail 'scan' in De. Lept.(sorry), I would say yes. I have also just slowly checked Kimmo's site too and there is nothing on his to match...
  16. Wandered Scot

    2 caterpillars for ID

    The first one is a Eupithecia sp., there are several in this family, and I checked Porter's, and the De. Lept id photo's, but couldn't find a match. Maybe Kimmo's web site in Finland has it. The second one I believe is Rhyparia purpurata, I couldn't find an English name. Cheers Jim
  17. Wandered Scot

    Caterpillars, Berkshire

    The first one I would put down as young stage Ruby tiger, I recently put an example on the forum from a reared one.B (:
  18. Wandered Scot

    3 caterpillars for ID

    Hi, The first one could be early stage Ruby Tiger, Phragmatobia fuliginosa see the attached I reared in 2006. There is variation in this species which why I say 'could be', and one main reason I say Ruby Tiger is the faint orange blotch under the second row of warts, on mine it is a cream...
  19. Wandered Scot

    larva for confirmation

    Hi Ken, More likely Buff Ermine, check out Fry's site. Take care cheers Jim
  20. Wandered Scot

    3 Caterpillar ID Please

    1. Is Ruby Tiger 2. I would be cautious over the id. Unless there is another photo you have, this could be Six-spot Burnet, These wee beasties are usually only Id'd from a side on, and top down photo combination where you can see what is going on around the 'shoulders' or the first segments...
  21. Wandered Scot

    Caterpillars ID

    It is Pine Beauty. Cheers
  22. Wandered Scot

    4 caterpillars for ID

    Hi Brian & Paul I think you can both be confident that you have identified it, having checked out your leads on more sites, I don't think there is a chance of any like it in Europe. Wouldn't surprise me if - through chance or intent- you could find this one on willow on occasions. Cheers Jim
  23. Wandered Scot

    4 caterpillars for ID

    Hi, 1. a sawfly larva 2. 99.9% certain a young Knot-Grass, Acronicta rumicis 3. Almost certainly Pale Tussock, Calliteara pudibunda 4. Haven't got a clue but very interesting! It could be a sawfly larva, you would have to photograph the underside to see how many prolegs are present. There are...
  24. Wandered Scot

    Help with caterpillar ID please, Scotland.

    Hi there, just going through the backlog here, and I think you are as close as you will get calling it Black Arches. Looks a fairly good match, only hatching or a microscope and patience would confirm it though. cheers jim:scribe:
  25. Wandered Scot

    Caterpillar I/D

    My 2 pence worth; it could be either or, they are one of the worst to seperate. White if it was near water, Ruby if a drier location, and then there is the buffer zone where it could be one or the other... Like I say, problematic. Sorry