Burnet moth caterpillar cocoons

A couple of weeks ago, Newborough Warren was teeming with the green and black caterpillars of burnet moths.

Burnet moth caterpillars on trefoil flowers

Burnet moth caterpillars on trefoil flowers

The caterpillars have now grown fat and are starting to make their cocoons on plant stems throughout the warren.

Burnet moth cocoon on grass stem

Burnet moth cocoon on grass stem

The cocoons look just like they’re a part of the plant – like a golden coloured blister fused to the side of a stem. Over the next few weeks, the beautiful black and red moths will start to climb out of these cocoons and you’ll see them, along with the similarly coloured cinnabar moth, flying all over the warren.

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