Sat 29 Apr 2006
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Found a group of approximately 50 yellow and black tussock moth caterpillars on ivy wrapped around a chestnut tree. Tussock moths are so-named because the caterpillars have four distinctive dorsal tufts of hair. The species I found is called dokuga – meaning poison moth – presumably because the caterpillars have poisonous hairs.
Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae: Artaxa subflava (dokuga)