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Large and hairy caterpillar, about 7cm in length, but difficult to see all details because of that hair... Hair is long and black and grey; letting a rusty colour of the stripes on the body protrude. This caterpillar is at its final stage of growth; it will hibernate in this form, and transform to pupae first thing in spring.
Found in a ditch next to our nets posed to protect salamanders on edges of a protected lowland oak forest, in Geneva lake valley. This particular forest is protected as recognized and important habitat of Fire Salamanders.
Spotted on Oct 17, 2020
Submitted on Oct 18, 2020