As is so often the case, the inspiration for this blog comes from our modest sized garden in South Devon. While I was eating my lunch outside in the sunshine, the buddleia behind me was providing a sizeable buffet to several brightly coloured caterpillars. I am not in any way bothered by this – the buddleia could do with being taken down a peg or two and it will take something far hungrier to make a dent on the aggressive growth plans of this fast growing plant.
It seems to be the caterpillar of the mullien moth (Shargacucullia verbasci) and will grow up into a brown moth with a skill for impersonating twigs – take a little look at some photos (on another blog) if you don’t believe me. This is quite a remarkable change of strategy – from using warning colours in the pupae to cryptic body outlines and camouflage in the adult – isn’t nature amazing?
While I have my camera in my hand I spot a bee with bulging pockets. Unlike me, this bee is clearly working hard today.