We all know Britain is home to dozens of gorgeous butterflies and moths. They grace us with their presence each summer and dazzle us with their bright colours and unique patterns. But how much do we know about their caterpillars?
Read on to find out how to identify our top 10 British caterpillars and learn what they eat and when to see them.
Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album)
Appearance: Like the adult comma butterfly, which resembles a tattered leaf with its scalloped edges and rust-coloured hue, the comma caterpillar is also a master of disguise. It actually looks more like a bird dropping - with rust orange/brown markings and a bright white ‘saddle’ mark. This is so it can hide itself from potential predators when sitting on top of leaves and nettles.
When to see: There are two generations a year, usually around April-May and again in September.
Where to see: They live in open woodland and woodland edges.