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Puss moth. Found three of these caterpillars on poplar in Nieuwegein the Netherlands. Cerura vinula,Geotagged,Moth Week 2020,Netherlands,Puss moth,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Puss moth.

Found three of these caterpillars on poplar in Nieuwegein the Netherlands.

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  1. Super! I see them in the guide we have for our area but -again-never had the chance to see one in real life yet. Wonderful! Posted 6 months ago
    1. You're still a spring chicken Marta, your time will come. Posted 6 months ago
      1. I like that thought! ;-) Posted 6 months ago
  2. Love everything about this!

    Note: added to 381Moth Week 2020 , hope you don't mind.
    Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thank you Ferdy. Posted 6 months ago
  3. Wow! Great photo! Interesting species! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks a lot Debby/Debbie Posted 6 months ago
  4. WHOA, so fantastic! Posted 6 months ago
  5. Today's Facebook post:

    This is the caterpillar of a puss moth (Cerura vinula)! It is found throughout Europe and gets its common name from the soft, cat-like “fur” that covers the body of the adult moth.
    The caterpillars have a remarkable defensive behavior. When agitated, a caterpillar rears up while waving the appendages at the end of its abdomen. If that isn’t scary enough to deter a predator, then it will squirt formic acid onto its attacker. Ouch! {Photo credit: Paul Dirksen} #JungleDragon #Pussmoth #MothWeek2020 #NationalMothWeek

    Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
    1. Thanks a lot Christine, appreciated . Posted 6 months ago

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''Cerura vinula'', the puss moth, is a lepidopteran from the family Notodontidae. The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of ''Systema Naturae''.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Paul Dirksen
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By Paul Dirksen

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Uploaded Jul 19, 2020. Captured Jul 19, 2020 10:37 in Lekdijk Oost 1, 3433 NE Nieuwegein, Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/16.0
  • 1/790s
  • ISO2000
  • 100mm