Weird and wonderful creatures in Rowley Hills gardens!

Do you have willows or poplars growing in your garden? If so, look out for the fascinating caterpillars of the Puss Moth which feed on the leaves. These photos were taken a couple of days ago in a garden on the edge of the Rowley Hills. Puss Moths are named for the fuzzy grey fur covering the adult moth’s body, and although the caterpillars can look rather strange they are harmless as long as they aren’t disturbed.

Puss Moth caterpillar (Cerura vinula) (image © Mike Poulton)

Puss Moth caterpillar (Cerura vinula) (image © Mike Poulton)

Puss Moth caterpillar (Cerura vinula) (image © Mike Poulton)

Puss Moth caterpillar (Cerura vinula) (image © Mike Poulton)

Puss Moth caterpillar (Cerura vinula) (image © Mike Poulton)

Puss Moth caterpillar (Cerura vinula) (image © Mike Poulton)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not just the wide open spaces here on the Rowley Hills that contain wildlife. There’s plenty to see in your own back garden if you take the time to look – if you’ve seen anything interesting let us know in the comments below or via our Facebook or Twitter pages!

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