Caterpillar of the Dot Moth
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|Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae)|
The eggs are laid in summer, sometimes separately, sometimes in large groups and hatch after just one week. The caterpillars of the Dot Moth feed themselves especially at night. By day they usually rest on the underside of a leaf. Most of the caterpillars crawl into the ground in autumn, where they spin a cocoon in which they overwinter. Pupation takes place in spring in the same cocoon. A smaller part of the larvae overwinter in the host plant or among leaf litter. After overwintering these also go underground to pupate. The caterpillar comes in two colour varieties: brown or green. On the back there are a number of V-shaped markings, which especially stand out on the segments 4, 5 and 11. There also is a thin, white dorsal line. On the eleventh segment there is a conspicuous bump. The caterpillar will reach a length of some 40mm. The Dot Moth's caterpillar uses an enormous variety of foodplants. Lowgrowing plants such as dandelions are eaten, but also higher growing nettles and thistles, or shrubs and trees, such as birch and sallow.
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- [2014-08-26 11:29]
Great macro of this polyphagus caterpilar, splendid sharpness, fine details, nice and vivid colors, nice composition
- [2014-08-26 14:26]
Hi Juliette,the detail are not the best in some parts but the post is very interesting,a caterpillar not often seen on TN,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
- [2014-08-26 18:26]
A nice image of this Dot Moth caterpillar. I don't believe I have ever seen one here on TN. It must have been a real challenge trying to get the entire caterpillar in focus, especially the way it wanted to curl up a bit. Some areas are a tad bit soft on focus, but overall a nice shot. TFS.