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Mullein Moth caterpillar

Cucullia verbasci

Description:

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

Habitat:

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

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6 Comments

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 3 years ago

Nice one, RikMartin...well done!

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

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 3 years ago

Congratulations RikMartin for the SOTD!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Congratulations. Impressive caterpillar.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 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".

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maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

A very beautiful caterpillar....

RikMartin
Spotted by
RikMartin

North Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

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

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