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Old Thursday 2nd August 2018, 19:37   #1
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Caterpillar advice and ID

Hi,

Ive just found this caterpillar on some broccoli in my fridge, does anyone know what it is? Also, I might try to rear it, so any advice would be great, as Ive never done it before. Its 40-50mm approx, If it helps.

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Tom
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Old Friday 3rd August 2018, 22:35   #2
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Presumably it was feeding on the broccoli and that it was of UK origin.
It looks like it might be the brown form of Phlogophora meticulosa, the Angle Shades.
If so it will probably continue to eat until it's fully grown then pupate. Just place the larva in a container with some moss or tissue in the bottom and place it somewhere cool and out of the sun. It will probably emerge after a couple of weeks.
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Thanks Martin, yes it was of U.K. origin. Fingers crossed it survives!
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