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Cinnabar Caterpillar

Wednesday, August 25th 2010

Cinnabar caterpillarThis Cinnabar caterpillar was just in the back garden behind the Field Centre. These unmistakable, colourful caterpillars eat the leaves and flowers of Common Ragwort. They rely on the toxins of this wildflower to survive.

Diplolepis nervosa is the name of this spectacular red gall found on a Dog Rose leaf by the main gate to the reserve. This is the smooth form, there is also a spiky one known as the 'sputnik' gall! The gall is made by the grub of a wasp.

Diplolepsis nervosa


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