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Caterpillar ID please? (1 Viewer)

timdevon

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United Kingdom
I just found this guy on some carrot leaves I brought indoors a few weeks ago. I am in Devon.


Normally I would keep him in a tiny vivarium until he becomes a moth or butterfly and then release him. But I suspect if I do that it will be in the middle of winter and so not a good idea.

Need to know what species he is so I know if they winter in pupate form or as catterpillars, if or where I can put him outside.

I can't find anything that looks like him online.

Any help welcome
 

timdevon

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United Kingdom
Thanks for the quick reply.
He doesn't have any "horns" which appear on the catterpillars of the Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar photo's I've seen
 

timdevon

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United Kingdom
I think it might be in the family Agonopterix .
Just Seen a photo of a green Agonopterix heracliana that isn't a million miles away.
 

dantheman

Bah humbug

Crawling tonight is a useful page, try for Nov and Dec generally too perhaps. Plenty of caterpillars around the moth trap (more than moths!) so don't think they have a problem with winter ...
 

timdevon

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United Kingdom
Cool site

I think he looks a bit like this guy, Euplexia lucipara Small Angle Shades

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Although that species doesn't eat carrots, I have some oak saplings growing nearby. Do moths ever lay eggs in acorns?
 

timdevon

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Unfortunately I lost track of him when he went into a pupa and now he has come out in January :(
 

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