|Picture courtesy of www.wildlifeinsight.com|
The reason is, that Puss moth caterpillars are most extraordinary, with a fierce and frightening cartoon 'face' and unique whip appendages on the tail, handy for flicking off ichneumon wasps which try to inject caterpillars with their eggs which hatch internally and eat their host alive. Nature, eh! I will check in the morning and let you know.
The Puss moth gave its name to a De Havilland aircraft, a big sister to the more famous Tiger Moth and Gypsy Moth aircraft. In the same way, another arrival last night, the finely-coloured Cinnabar, inspired a narrowboat owner here on the Oxford Canal with a name for his floating home.