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Imperial Camouflage

An emperor moth caterpillar on bedstraw and blaeberry
An emperor moth caterpillar on bedstraw and blaeberry

Interesting to note in brief that the last few days have revealed a number of emperor moth caterpillars at a range of ages and stages in Galloway and elsewhere. The caterpillars look extraordinary, so it’s a surprise to find just how well they are camouflaged against a range of moorland undergrowth. You would think that the pink spots would be horribly conspicuous on the hill, but when you see one feeding on flowering heather (as below), the overall effect is surprisingly subtle.

Fantastic camouflage
Fantastic camouflage
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