Hiding in plain sight

Walking along a woodland ride I spotted a Speckled Wood butterfly flitting about. I followed in the hopes of taking a few photographs of it and after grabbing a few shots I stood up straight, finding this a big, hairy & stripy caterpillar in my face.

I had been completely oblivious to it until that point, even though it was right in my eye line.

This wonderfully camouflaged caterpillar of the Buff-tip moth was quite a sight to see. I hope I find the adult form some the spring.

It seemed exceptionally large too, a good third bigger than what the guides tell me. To me, it looked 10-12cm long. I regret not doing a size comparison now!

Full length photo of caterpillarClose-up of the caterpillar's middle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head of the caterpillar

 

 

 

 

 

 

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