Monday, 28 June 2010

Garish Beauty - The Mullein Shargacucullia verbasci

I spotted this delightful caterpillar on one of my Buddleia plants.  I always find it suprising that such colourful caterpillars can have such drab parents - take a look here to see the dowdy brown adult: The Mullein  Some creatures just look too exotic for this country and this to me is definitely one of them. 

I am sorry not to have visited anyone's blogs this past couple of weeks but life got in the way of pleasure and I have had little time for photography or the internet.  I hope to be back to normal soon.


  1. Wow, what a gorgeous creature and a gorgeous photo. One assumes that this little guy is so coloured so that he doesn't get eaten - I suspect that he deosn't taste so good.

  2. That's a pretty caterpillar--and those are two words I don't normally put together.

  3. Excellent picture Kerry. Yea, certainly better looking than his mum and dad lol

  4. I have seen this caterpillar many times in my books and on the web but never in reality. It is so striking, once seen never forgotten!

    I do so agree with you about exotic looking creatures, I always think that about Goldfinches.

  5. Some of those catapillars are so beautiful. Great photo...


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