Friday 9 July 2010
Butterflies and Moths (2): Mysterious Web Weavers
I took these photographs on a quiet wooded road en route from Perth to Aberfeldy.
I have come across this kind of phenomenon before at Spurn Head in Yorkshire, where a similar web is made by caterpillars of the native Brown-Tail Moth (Euproctis Chrysorrhoea). These Brown-Tail creatures have toxic barbed hairs. They emerge in spring from their white webs to feed on sea buckthorn: you can read more about them on my Land&Lit blog here.
After a bit of Googling, I alighted on the fact that the caterpillars of the Ermine Moth spin similar webs in England; but not in the 'far north', which according to the map includes Scotland. So I am left with a puzzle on my hands, and would be very grateful if anyone cares to identify the spinners of the web in the photos for me.