Wordless Wednesday: Creatures I bumped into recently in England

A rather sleepy hornet

A rather sleepy hornet who had been shut in a house for a week.

You can tell it is a hornet firstly by its size, but also because its thorax is totally brown.

You can tell it is a hornet firstly by its size, but also because its thorax is totally brown.

 

A goat moth caterpillar - so called because of its smell.

A goat moth caterpillar (Cossus cossus) – so called because of its smell.

This gives a better idea of its size. A goat moth feeds on the wood of various deciduous trees only emerging after about 4 years when they change to a pupa.

This gives a better idea of its size. A goat moth feeds on the wood of various deciduous trees only emerging after about 4 years when they change to a pupa.

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14 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Creatures I bumped into recently in England

  1. Great photos! That must of been alarming to find a hornet in your house, we occasionally get them but although they seem to move slowly, I always think they could suddenly dart forward. I haven’t seen a Goat Moth before, lovely encounter.

    • Thankfully it wasn’t my house, but friends we had been away with. The thing was half dead, so we were able move it outside and get some photos before giving it some water which revived it somewhat. No, I had no idea what the caterpillar was until I looked it up. The best ones always turn out to be rather boring looking moths, though, don’t they. An interesting life cycle though.

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