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 Photo-a-Day      (Tuesday, 14th August, 2012) Views: 2,688 
Nature
 Nature   by John Harrison  (Nikon Coolpix P100 650th on F5)
Does anyone know, will this caterpillar turn into a wasp? I have noticed there are always lots of wasps in the same location as these caterpillars? In addition the yellow stripes on both Wasp & caterpillar.

Comment by Dave Kelly on 14th August 2012 at 00:59
The Coloring of the Cinnabar Moth and Caterpillar


The Cinnabar caterpillar starts off pale yellow, then later becomes bright yellowish orange with jet black bands around it.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 14th August 2012 at 04:02
Hello John, this is a cinnabar caterpillar and it turns into a moth.


Comment by Cyril on 14th August 2012 at 12:40
Don't handle the caterpillars John, both they and the Oxford Ragwort they feed on are poisonous, many horses and ponies die each year through eating this weed, if handled the caterpillars ooze bitter tasting, toxic orange liquid to stop birds etc from eating them.


Comment by dirty harry on 14th August 2012 at 12:48
when this turns into a moth beware because if that moth bites you it can cause your eyes to implode not very nice as its happened to me twice. and yes it doe's hurt


Comment by Mercury on 14th August 2012 at 17:50
Caterpillars never turn into wasps.


Comment by Billy Boy Kingdom Brunel on 14th August 2012 at 18:59
'From the dew soaked hedge creeps a crawly caterpillar'
Autum Almanac, The Kinks.
A sign autumn is on its way.


Comment by gary on 14th August 2012 at 19:07
I think it may have been your brain that imploded, dirty harry.


Comment by rebian on 14th August 2012 at 19:58
Well spotted, good pic


Comment by Ron D on 14th August 2012 at 21:20
Nice one John


Comment by John H on 16th August 2012 at 00:00
Thanks for all your comments, I dont think I will be handling them, after what I have just learned Thanks again John


Comment by Billy Boy Kingdom Brunel on 20th August 2012 at 20:58
Caterpillar into a wasp! Gimme a break JH.
Didn't you do biology at school?


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