Vapourer moth

Vapourer moth caterpillar at Wheatland Farm Another fabulous beastie – a caterpillar of the Vapourer moth. It looks like it might even be starting a cocoon on the leaf. Euan found it on the wisteria – we’ll tuck it away again. The adult males fly at this time of year but the boring-looking females are almost flightless, and lay eggs on the cocoon after the emerging. The eggs overwinter this way, with a caterpillar developing in the spring. Stunning get up!