Thursday, 8 October 2015

Wildlife around Bath 8-10-2015

Scalloped hazel (Odontopera bidentata) caterpillar

Family: Geometridae

A truly striking caterpillar, camouflaged against lichen that grows on trees on which it feeds.

Caterpillars of this family are often known as 'loopers' due to the absence of legs in the middle of the body producing a looping motion.

Feeding on a range of deciduous and coniferous trees, the scalloped hazel is a relatively common moth across the UK. 

Thank you Ian Redding

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