Buff Tip Moth Caterpillars

Wildlife in the Garden
Buff Tip Moth Caterpillars by Jacky Parker

Image details - Buff Tip Moth Caterpillars

Photographer: Jacky Parker (see profile)
Competition: Competition 7
Category: Wildlife in the Garden
Location: Iver, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom


The yellow and black caterpillars of the buff tip moth live gregariously and feed on a number of different deciduous trees, sometimes defoliating entire branches. The adults then fly in June and July, frequenting mixed woodland. I paid a few visits to the tree in my garden waiting for the caterpillars to form a suitable pattern on the leaf, before removing the leaf and placing it on a ‘plamp’ to photograph in my studio. I carefully placed the leaf back on the tree after taking a few images, using a clothes peg so as not to disturb them.


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