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Jersey Tigers and froglets

Date posted: Wednesday 18th July 2018

Jersey Tigers and froglets

This large, hairy caterpillar was discovered lurking under a tissue at the base of my old apple tree. Approx 5cm long with dark green spots, it didn’t feature in my trusty manual, ‘Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe’ (Michael Chinery 1986) so I went on to the London Natural History Society Facebook page and someone identified it as a Jersey Tiger, but missing the orange markings. And a couple of days later a Jersey Tiger moth landed on the ivy in our courtyard at home!

The pond was hopping with tiny froglets at the weekend. The particularly dry and warm conditions will be challenging for them as they emerge – it hasn’t rained since the 5th of June and only at dawn and dusk does it become cool, but no dew or dampness around. Let’s hope many of them survive to predate slugs that are hovering up my newly emerging French bean seedlings!

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