Sunday, 16 September 2012

White Ermine in the making

We found this curious looking creature on a wander up Batch Valley today.

White Ermine larva

Given the dark colour and red line line, you would possibly not expect that this would become a beautiful white moth. This is the larva of a White Ermine, a beautiful white moth with small black spots. The moth will not be flying until May of next year, and this larva will overwinter as a pupa in a cocoon amongst plant debris.

White Ermine larva

Also of interest this weekend, though escaping the camera lens, was a Kingfisher. Jo was lucky to see one on the way back to the house on Sunday morning, perched on a concrete slab before disappearing down the stream.

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