Caterpillar of the Mullein Moth (Cucullia verbascum) on leaf of the Great Mullein plant (Verbascum thapsus)

Daily Walk in Difficult Times 80

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Despites all the hazards, at least some of the Mullein Moth caterpillars (Cucullia verbasci) have survived in Charlton Down, and are continuing to grow to a large size prior to pupation. This one was out in the cool, damp, evening air. The black, yellow and white markings look spectacular and almost like an abstract work of art.

7 Replies to “Daily Walk in Difficult Times 80”

  1. It’s beautiful. I looked it up and I never saw a butterfly like this around here. On the other hand – they are not really a looker in the last stage. Do you have such severe problems like us with Thaumetopoea processionea Oak Processionary Moth ?

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  2. Thank you, Ola. The Oak Processionary Moth has mostly been confined to Greater London – but since last year it has begun to spread further afield. It seems that conservationist organisations like the Woodland Trust are aware of its dangers and potential spread, and are being especially careful about new tree imports, and are on the look out for outbreaks of the moths.

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