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Sycamore moth caterpillar

There have been several reports of sycamore caterpillars over the last week in the Rye Harbour 'wood' (the solitary sad-looking sycamore tree at the river mouth) so as this is a stage of this species I don't see very often I decided to go and take a look. In the end, and with the help of an interested family, I managed to find five evenly distributed around the tree. According to 'Bugs Britannia' this bizarre looking beastie is mimicing a feather, though I've got to admit my jury is out on this conclusion. The adult moths, which I see in small numbers every year, are fairly drab in comparison (see here).

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