Monday, 9 August 2010

Hungry Caterpillars

tiny green caterpillar

These tiny green caterpillars have virtually stripped the leaves from the gooseberry bush :-( Unfortunately I haven't been able to identify them. Any ideas?

14 comments:

nicksspiders said...

Probably a gooseberry sawfly.

RE - RecycledFrockery said...

oooo I love the way you captured it hanging that way. it's really gorgeous. hope you find out what it will be soon.

Gee said...

I can't help you identify it. It just makes me wonder how such a small creature could eat up such a big portion of the leaf.

Great shot, almost surreal.

By the way, thanks for visiting my blog and for taking time to leave a comment. Happy blogging!

JamieDedes said...

Wonderful photographs. Thanks for posting. Love armchair travel so especially appreciated!

The Ancient Digger said...

I haven't a clue, I've never seen them before. They are quite interesting though.

Samantha G said...

This seals the deal... since I have to deal with the chore of dog walking (with a sore foot) for a couple more weeks, I'm going to turn those walks into caterpillar hunts! :) I love to paint them and always try to take photos of them when I find them. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Looks like some kind of looper, but I have no clue which one. The photo is very artistic... looks so transparent

Ratty said...

I think I agree that it might be some kind of sawfly larvae. I checked on Google Images and they look like yours.

chubskulit said...

I am not very fond of worms so I can't help you identify it lol. I hate when they start eating my plants arghh.. Thanks for the visit John! Love your thistledown photo too

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I have no idea but this is a fantastic shot.

Vicky said...

Its definetly gooseberry sawfly. The little blighters strip my gooseberry bush every year! My neighbour never gets them though. His nearby rhubarb or buddleia must be masking it.

WillOaks Studio said...

I'm voting for sawfly with many of the other comments here! Here they are devouring my Mugo Pine...not as pretty a photo as yours, but kind of intense for the sheer quantity! http://willoaksstudio.blogspot.com/2009/05/pine-sawfly-larvae-swallow-mugo-pine.html

John | English Wilderness said...

Thanks to everyone who responded. I never considered it might be the larvae of a sawfly.

They're currently munching through my currant bushes! :-(

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