Monday, 18 August 2014

caterpillar on Shasta Daisy

Dead-heading the Shasta Daisies in the flower beds and noticed that a significant number of the flower heads held a caterpillar with it's head buried deep in the centre of the flower!

I'm not sure but the nearest match I've found is Yellow-barred Brindle - is this correct? I've never seen a caterpillar on a flower head before ... but these certainly seem to like the daisies.



  1. Looks like a pug - I'll take a look in the book when I get a chance, but don't be too expectant

  2. Thanks for the pointer Barry. Pugs generally give me a 'headache' and it looks like the caterpillars are just as bad.

  3. I reared a pug larva from Shasta Daisy many years ago. I think it proved to be Double-striped, but I'm sure there are other possibilities.