Scarlet Tiger Moth Caterpillars

Yesterday’s poem was too depressing to post so here’s a photograph – non sequiteur – of some scarlet tiger moth caterpillars doing a good job of munching on some alkanet leaves (verge-side of Happy Valley, North Hill). I am delighted to see them in action as non-native alkanet is an invasive weed with leaves that can cause an itchy rash that lasts for days. Scarlet tigers feed on quite a few plant species, including comfrey, a close relative of alkanet. I am glad they seem happy to munch the weed instead as there’s plenty here here – and spreading fast.

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