Two Interesting Moths

Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Vapourer Moth Caterpillar

I managed to carry out a quick walk of the orchard this afternoon, after cleaning out the geese and chickens. Along with the pear slug, which has the unfortunate quality of smelling like sweet butter if you crush it between your fingers (how bizarre), I found these two critters. They were on the pear and plum trees, and the one with the forked head looked to be eating the leaves, the trees I found them on had more damage to their leaves so I assume it was these blighters as they were doing the nibbling.

It turns out they’re not fruit tree specific, they are, in fact, the caterpillars of the Grey Dagger Moth and the Vapourer Moth.Vapourer Moth

Dagger Moth