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Mullein Moth caterpillar

Cucullia verbasci


large caterpillar (50mm) white with distinctive yellow and black markings Pupates underground moth is drab brown


This caterpillar found on Buddleia although also found on Mullein (hence name)

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Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 5 years ago

Nice one, RikMartin...well done!

Nice spotting RikMartin,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Congratulations RikMartin for the SOTD!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Congratulations. Impressive caterpillar.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Congratulations Rik, your Mullein Moth caterpillar is our Spotting of the Day:

"A Mullein Moth caterpillar (Cucullia verbasci) munches on a buddleia leave in our Spotting of the Day! The mullein moth is a noctuid moth with a Palearctic distribution. While the adult moth is cryptically marked, its brightly colored, spotted caterpillars are its most visible life stage, and can often be found in gardens feeding on buddleia, figworts and mullein (Verbascum sp.). The caterpillars pupate underground inside a very tough cocoon, and may overwinter several times at this stage before the adult moth emerges. Several species of tachinid flies are endoparasitoids of Cucullia verbasci".



maplemoth662 5 years ago

A very beautiful caterpillar....

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North Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jun 28, 2018
Submitted on Jun 28, 2018

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