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Cupmoth raided

Doratifera vulnerans


Cup moth cocoon which has been raided by another creature. Dissection shows the remains of the pupating caterpillar. Although I am not too good at identifying the parts here it looks like the caterpillar was not far into metamorphosis when the parasite struck. It's possible (or probable?) that they were encased together. If the pupation had gone successfully the cap would have opened neatly at the dark ring.


Eucalyptus open forest to suburban.


This cocoon is one of the spottings at .... and also at ... and six months later one has emerged successfully...

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Hema Shah
Hema Shah a year ago

stunning work! Congrats Mark!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago


MaryEvans2 6 years ago

very interesting spot

harsuame 6 years ago

Wow interesante hogar

Looks more like a lunar module than a chinese junk ship ha ha!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

I just noticed also the dark 'figure of eight' threads around the base of the cocoon. This shows how the caterpillar moved its head when building the skin.

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Apr 21, 2012
Submitted on Apr 21, 2012

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