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Pale Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Dasychira pudibunda)


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The hairy green and yellow caterpillars of this moth used to be called 'hop dogs' by hop pickers who frequently found them among the crops. The caterpillars are found between July and October. The adult moths do not feed, but the caterpillars eat hop leaves and the leaves of oak, birch and lime trees. They are found in woods, parks and gardens. This one was found at Arne near Purbeck in Dorset.

30th Dec 2008


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