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Mystery Guess Special – Caterpillar conundrum

A mystery caterpillar

I know, I know. I don’t blog for an eternity and then when I do it’s a frothy little Mystery Guess. Still you’d be doing me a huuuge favour if you could flex that grey matter and have a go at this picture quiz. Why? Well, unlike other Mystery Guesses, I don’t know the answer and am relying on your skills of observation to help me identify this strange yellow caterpillar with a purple tail ‘horn’ (I’m not sure if this is the correct technical word for this part of a caterpillar, but think it might be) that I spotted while enjoying a bracing walk through the woodland at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens in Cheshire yesterday. I’ve never seen a creature quite like it and despite numerous flicks through Michael Chinery’s Complete British Insects, still can’t put a name to it. So, Mystery Guessers, do you know what type of caterpillar this is? I’ll announce a winner once I’ve had a chance to verify its name with my crack team of Leptidopterists. Over to you…

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

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