These are 11 Emperor Moth caterpillars that I’ve been breeding through. They’re pretty striking, both in terms of colour and size. We rediscovered Emperor Moths on Cooper’s Hill a few years ago where the caterpillars have been found feeding on Bramble. These ones took readily to Hawthorn.
Impressive or what! These must be about full-size now and I’m expecting them to pupate anytime soon.
At the other end of the scale, this micro-moth, Lozotaeniodes formosanus, is small, but beautiful. Its caterpillars feed on Scots Pine. It turned up in the moth trap last night for the first time.