In reply to HAZY:
Quite harmless aitch unless you touch his hair ... it itches! Lol
2013 photos & vids here
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In reply to WendyBartter:
'Tis only an Oak Eggar larva
I thought it might be, nice to see it in all it's glory. The adults usually whizz past when you're walking near woods in July or August. This is one that came to visit at the old house
& a male here
I hope yours grows up big & strong wendy!
Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France
In reply to Noisette:
Thanks H, didn't think to post my pics of caterpillar's Ma & Da!
Still have 22 of them all actively feeding but varying in size from quite small to small hairy snake! Lol Am hoping for successful overwintering to document complete life cycle!
Experiment today, having read that Oak Eggars will eat Heather, I have introduced a potted one to see what happens
Hopefully they'll be going into Winter mode soon & they won't need feeding until the Spring! Are they in your shed?
Weather has turned much milder here for next couple of days & nights so they will be moved to shed in the hope that they calm down a lot especially as this happened last night
Obviously the scissors were not weighty enough to hold lid firmly, had to trim some of the heather leaves!
They didn't stay on the plant for long, made their way to the bottom & stretched out ... shedding skins again in other pot!
lol Wendy, I'd go to sleep with the lights on tonight if I were you !
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
It's a fairly long trek from the shed aitch, think I'll be safe! Lol ... leastways I thought I was ... but never did a head count!!!
Just found this one on lounge floor not far from my PC
All accounted for!
I'm not sure if you'll be able to click on this http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/centre-val-de-loire/eure-et-loir/luce/eure-loir-luce-chenilles-urticantes-empoisonnent-vie-quartier-1367913.html , but it's an envasion of processionary caterpillars around a block of flats. They are climbing up the walls & crawling into the houses. Sadly the local cats are dying from the irritations of these dangerous caterpillars.
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