Collected a few vapourer moth eggs on Ugborough Beacon to try and raise at home in the hope of seeing the ornate caterpillars. I am curious to know if they will be the usual red form or the yellow form that may be specific to Cornwall.
The eggs were attached to bracken stalks that largely had been blown or trampled to the ground. Presumably this keeps the hatchling caterpillars sheltered and close to the understory of sheep’s sorrel and heath bedstraw once they hatch.
Hopefully they will like their home-made vivarium enough to hatch in a couple of months.