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Monday, 7 July 2014

Emperor Moth Caterpillar and Shrew

We have been tramping the moors recently in the hope of finding an Emperor Moth, and came across this caterpillar of the species on Highbrown Knoll above Pecket Well. (below)

When I tried to photograph it on the ground when it was moving fast the auto-focus couldn't cope with its hairs. (below)

We found this Shrew freshly dead. Note the long pointed nose.
 They obviously live at all altitudes in our area.
 I forgot to put something down to show the size. It seemed too big for a Pygmy Shrew,  though its tail proportion seems to point to that. (two thirds of body length - Common Shrew's tail is said to be about half the length of the body.)  

1 comment:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Thanks for the Shrew comments Steve. We found a dead one at Ogden this week will try find the photo we took of it for comparison !