Some of you may remember a caterpillar found by Julian on last September’s walk to Bradshaw. It was unusual because of the foodplant it was found feeding on – Himalayan Balsam. It was for this reason I took it away to rear through. After spending the winter in my garage as a pupa it has now begun to “colour up” significantly with all manor of shapes and patterns appearing.
Originally I suspected it was an Angle Shades but due to the smaller than usual size for this species and the fact it hasn’t overwintered as a larva I’m quietly confident it’s the smaller cousin – Small Angle Shades. It’s a rare species for me with not using a light trap so looking forward to the adult which should be out early next week.