The Angel Shades Caterpillar

Today, the last of the current batch of bokashi solids went in the ground. It has gone round the rhubarb crown, in the hope that the roots will grow into the compost.

Whilst outside, I saw a caterpillar in the bucket I use to collect run-off from the shed. This came as something of a surprise, considering the time of year and the continuing cold snap.

I was therefore intrigued to find out what kind of caterpillar it was and thus came across the website Wildlife Insight. The beauty of the site from my immediate point of view was that I could send in a photo of the caterpillar and they would give me an identification.

Even better, I got an almost immediate reply. And the answer is that the caterpillar will become an Angel Shades Moth. This appears to be benign in terms of damage to crops, so I am pleased to have at least one which has overwintered in my garden.

That said, having brought it inside to get a better picture, it has now wandered off. It does seem a resilient character, though. When I found it, it was in a pool of water and yet had not drowned. So, I think it will be fine, wherever it is.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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13 Responses to The Angel Shades Caterpillar

  1. Clare Pooley says:

    How nice to find a caterpillar that isn’t intent on eating all your plants! The site you found is a good one; I am glad you got an answer quickly.

  2. It must have been a surprise to find the caterpillar so early in the season. I am amazed every time the first signs of spring peak it’s head up from the cold winter. It just gives me a feeling of hope and makes me feel warm and fuzzy. The warm weather is coming. thanks for sharing.

  3. Just make sure you don’t miss the moth 🙂

    • Helen says:

      It would be nice to see it, Derrick. I haven’t noticed any in the garden before now, but clearly they must be about for there to be a caterpillar.

  4. That site sounds amazing!

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