Gardening Magazine

Reblogging The Pale Tussock Moth

By David Marsden @anxiousgardener

I’ve never reblogged a post before, never thought much about doing so … until I read the free and very useful WordPress e-book, Grow Your Traffic, Build Your Blog, and decided to follow one of its many tips on all things blogging.  After all, many of you won’t have read my stuff from several years ago.  And for those of you have?  Sorry.

For the first of an occasional delving deep series, I’ve picked my highest viewed post by far.  It is a short piece, under 300 words, from September 2013 about a chance encounter in the garden.  (No, not that sort of encounter).  Thanks to a fairly high Google search ranking, the post has been read almost 11 000 times.  Here’s some context for that figure: my second highest – Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’ – has been read 6 900.

For most of the year, traffic for the following post is fairly negligible but then, during September and October, viewings go through the roof – as people see the creature and Google it.

Here it is:

Pale Tussock Moth

And do let me know if you have seen either the moth or the caterpillar.  But don’t touch the latter.

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