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Malacosoma neustria A caterpillar of Lackey moth on a raspberry leaf in my garden. France,Geotagged,Lackey,Lasiocampidae,Lepidoptera,Malacosoma,Malacosoma neustria,Moth,Spring,The Lackey,The Lackey moth,Wildlife Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

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  1. Impressive shot! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thank you Lisa, it's a very nice caterpillar but not easy to focus correctly when it moves. The long hairs don't help but by taking a lot of pictures I managed to get a few like this Posted 6 months ago
  2. Great macro. Dof works well Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks Niel, sometimes a little low light can be beneficial. Posted 6 months ago
  3. Very beautiful caterpillar! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Very beautiful especially when she finally strikes the pose I was waiting for. Posted 6 months ago
  4. Great photo, love the circular position of the caterpillar and the light is great ;-) Posted 6 months ago
  5. Shows persistence and great patience to get a wonderful photo. The blue head curling around towards the tail with the body stipes of blue, yellow, black and white stripes leading the eye made this pic stand out. Posted 6 months ago

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The lackey moth is common across southern Britain and central Europe. "Malacosoma" species are notable for their caterpillars which are brightly coloured and form silken tents to regulate their temperature. "Malacosoma neustria" caterpillars are brown with blue, orange and white stripes. The adults are a fairly uniform brown. The larvae feed mainly on trees and shrubs from within their tents.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Anne Sorbes
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Uploaded Mar 2, 2022. Captured May 10, 2021 12:31 in 4PH6+C5 Beynat, France.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/5.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm