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Looks very similar to Eupeodes corollae (Syrphidae). But only a specialist in the group will tell you if its the same species, genus or family. And not with that low-resolution photograph (sometimes they need to take the genitals off for proper identification).
Oh, found it. It is called a Euonymus Leaf Notcher Moth. It is an invasive species from Asia. It was first found in Maryland and Virginia in 2001. http://www.insectid.ento.vt.edu/exotic-pests/euonymus/
I think I may have found your cocoon: it appears to be a Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata) cocoon: According to UK Moths, it's common in the UK.
This caterpillar is known as Lymantria dispar dispar. Not to be confused with the Lymantria dispar, as the Lymantria dispar dispar is the classified as it's subspecies for the sake of further taxonomy. The Lymantria dispar dispar, is locale to Europe and North America (via migration), the latter being sourced in Asia. They only possess a minor (however it's ...
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