Dagger Raised

A couple of days ago, Bruce spotted this caterpillar crawling on the way of the house. It was a bit awkward to see well there so we carefully put a bit of cardboard near it and once it crawled on (helpfully) we moved it a little so we could get a good look at it.

I think this worried it a little as it positioned itself like this, in a kind of ‘big and scary with dagger raised’ position:

Not quite so scary from the side – you can see it has hunched itself up to make its front view bigger and scarier:

Once it had relaxed a little it lowered its ‘hunch’ and looked more like a normal caterpillar (well, apart from its strange dagger/horn!):

And off it went, looking less and less scary by the minute (but rather photogenic!):

After some research, this turns out to be the caterpillar of the Grey Dagger Moth. Sadly not because it has a dagger sticking up out of its back, but because the moth has patterns on its wings that look a little like daggers

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By Suzy Shipman

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