This is an historical archive of the activities of the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit (MRC ANU) that operated at the University of Oxford from 1985 until March 2015. The MRC ANU established a reputation for world-leading research on the brain, for training new generations of scientists, and for engaging the general public in neuroscience. The successes of the MRC ANU are now built upon at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford.

New member seeks admission to Unit

Our wildflower meadow is attracting new talent to the Unit. This morning a Lime Hawk Moth caterpillar was found on the wall just next to the front door of the Unit. Although this species normally feeds on the leaves of Lime trees (such as those on South Parks Road), it is known to feed on birch too, so probably grew up in our silver birches.


Its size and grey-purple colouring (rather than grey-green) suggests it is fully grown, and ready to pupate. Based on this assumption, it was relocated to a dry branch of the magnolia bush, from where it could easily reach the ground suitable for it to pupate in (the soil there is covered in loose bark chippings, and should be easy to dig into).


The last photo shows a pair of adult moths photographed by Ben Micklem in his garden. The lower moth is the male and is releasing scent (tail curled upwards), and the female is the larger one above.