Random Ramblings 2.

Many years ago I thought it might be fun to grow a few plants of Great Mullein for their statuesque spikes up to 2 metres tall. Even now I get one or two offspring appearing every year, and in June they are usually devastated by these huge and strikingly marked caterpillars of the Mullein moth which can grow to over 50mm in length. When mature in August it will drop to the ground and burrow to pupate. It will hatch out in March (but sometimes up to 5 years later) as a modest brown moth.

Mullein Moth caterpillar