A 66-year-old stumbled upon a strange ‘spiky yellow and black caterpillar’ while hanging her washing in the garden yesterday (Wednesday, September 23).
“I thought he looked defensive especially with that spike at the back. So much comes from abroad these days that aren’t native to this country,” said Jennifer Hawkins who lives near Tarring.
Mrs Hawkins kept the caterpillar in a box with holes for a short while, hoping to find more information about it, but to no avail.
“It’s very bobbly on top and so bright and colourful. I just thought it was so unusual,” she said.
Mrs Hawkins is an avid gardener and in all her years of tending to her plants and vegetables, she has not come across a caterpillar like this.
“You’ve got to identify things before you touch them. They could be good for the garden or dangerous for the garden,” she said.
The caterpillar has since been returned to the garden and disappeared into the vegetation.
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