Cup moth killers

by Patrick Kavanagh

For the last few weeks we have had large flocks of Little Ravens hanging around our place at Strangways. One flock of at least 50 was patrolling our ridge the other day. We’ve wondered what their mass business has been here. At last I have some photographic evidence about what the attraction may be – one looks to have a Cup Moth larva in its beak. Given the weight of the Cup Moth larva population, we are glad that someone seems to be eating them.


Little Raven (juvenile), Strangways, 4th November 2013.


Little Raven with Cup moth caterpillar.

3 responses to “Cup moth killers

  1. Hurrah!

  2. Let’s hope so – I think that the black-faced cucko shrike is eating them too – though hard to be certain when watching birds in the tree tops and trying to determine the caterpillar i their beak!

  3. Pingback: Late afternoon Bee Flies, an evening ant and a moth of dread | Natural Newstead

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