This delightfully peculiar chap was discovered quite contentedly chomping its way through Rosa ‘Souvenir du Docteur Jamain’, a beautiful variety favoured by that heroic old soak Vita SVW (I have heard some truly heart-warming tales of her being pushed back to the castle in a wheelbarrow, three sheets to the wind). Recently some of the old varieties of Rosa we have on the Rose Walk have been propagated, so I re-homed ‘The Vapourer’ (fantastic name!) here amongst the quieter surroundings of the propagation areas. This moth caterpillar is listed as a pest of roses in some quarters, but it is not a fussy eater and will feed on many species of deciduous trees and shrubs. Personally I consider the possibility of attracting these caterpillars to the garden a reason to plant more roses!
|Check out those horns!|
|This is the silken pupa case, somewhat different from the hanging structures of our butterfly friends|
I apologise profusely for the absolute dearth of postings lately! I have been away at college since last week, somewhat swamped by assignments and the large volume of work that has been flung at us due to this being the beginning of our final year! In a moment of absolute genius, I packed my laptop but not the power cord so internet access has been sparse. Normal service will resume shortly.