Jamie found this on our raspberry bush today.
It looks like similar to a Pale Tussock moth caterpillar.
But much lighter than any of the photos online show.
Any identifications welcome!
We haven’t found this particular leaf beetle before (Gastrophysa polygoni). On attempting to identify it, I discovered that it’s quite common in the UK and the most identifiable orange part is called the pronotum on beetles. It was tiny, maybe 3mm.
It was in a wheelbarrow of manure, but I think it probably just landed there, as it’s more likely to be found in leaf litter or on knotweed, which we have on site (not Japanese knotweed). It was very shiny and bright against the dark manure.
More info on this great website - https://www.coleoptera.org.uk/species/gastrophysa-polygoni
I haven’t found anything worthy of a post to this blog for over a year, but this week I’ve been lucky and these finds definitely deserve a post.
Very snakey, to scare off predators.