Mullein moth

20 Jun 2024
Juliet Johnson sent me this photo of a beautifully coloured caterpillar. It's so fat and bright that it must be in its final instar (stage) before pupating. It's the larva of a mullein moth – not surprising we have those here if you look at all the flowering verbascum on the commons, but this oe was feeding on figwort. Nice find.