Wednesday 6 October 2021

Unknown caterpillars! - Update ... now identified!

Carole M spotted a couple of different types of caterpillar 'decimating' her germanium and hosta plants.  One type was stripy and hairy, and maybe the caterpillar of the Large White butterfly - although they are more commonly found eating brassicas. The other browner caterpillar, with lines of 'eyes' down the side, has so far evaded identification!  Any ideas?

Update, many thanks to Iain Webb (Wildlife Trust) for the identification of Buff-tip Moth and Yellow Underwing Moth caterpillars.

Buff-tip Moth caterpillar

Yellow Underwing Moth caterpillar

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The Aims of Abington Naturewatch

At their meeting on 9 April 2005 the members approved this revised version of the aims of Abington Naturewatch:

  • To monitor and record the wildlife (fauna & flora) within the borders of the Abingtons;
  • To encourage protection of our wildlife, maintain its quality and foster its diversity;
  • To promote awareness of the richness, potential and problems of the natural environment of the Abingtons;
  • To cooperate in improving access to the local natural environment for the benefit of all Abington villagers.

Pat Daunt, Founder

The organisation is informal and communication is by email if possible; members are notified of events from time to time. Contact details are maintained by a small "project team". There is currently no membership fee as costs are covered by voluntary contributions at events.

Members are encouraged to report notable sightings of flora and fauna within the Abingtons to the appropriate sector coordinator and an illustrated record is published annually.

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