Brown Hairstreak caterpillar newly hatched
I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time on Wednesday 2nd May 2012 at Feckenham Wylde Moor Reserve and checking our Brown Hairstreak eggs. Some were still intact but on one of the Blackthorn suckers two eggs had holes in them, one with this caterpillar right next to its egg. It must have only emerged just before I found it and so if I had been a little sooner I might have been able to see it half in half out which would have been a real bonus!
Fig. 1. Newly hatched brown hairstreak larva. Paul Meers.
Fig. 2. Newly hatched brown hairstreak larva. Paul Meers