19 Apr 2009

The caterpillar of the Brown Tail Moth

Two pictures taken today 19th April of caterpillar hatchlings on a Hawthorn, no doubt that Greenie or Warren can supply the species?
Many thanks Greenie and Warren for the identification it's a good job I never touched them I have enough allergies the Yellow fields are particularly bad for me, I think they have planted up Sheppey leaving only RSPB Elmley uncropt.


  1. Dave ,
    Your caterpillars are those of the Brown Tail Moth .
    They live in these communal tents , and if touched , can cause a painful rash , which can last 2/3 days

  2. Yea, just what I was going to write Dave. Who is this greenie guy anyway?