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Timber moth larva

Cryptophasa irrorata

Description:

This Casuarina was infested with numerous clumps of frass held loosely by silky threads. This is the entrance to a hole made by a swiftmoth caterpillar. Several contained a curious clump of leaves (needles) and demanded further investigation. These seem to be a food source for the caterpillar to continue eating while hiding in its retreat over the daylight hours.

Notes:

Thank you super sleuth Leuba for your ID of this moth. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/170... There seems to be no images easily available online for this cryptic caterpillar so this may be some compensation for its invasion of privacy (and probably) its life for my curiosity. http://gvcocks.homeip.net/lepidoptera/xy... I was accompanied by Angy Bee, Leuba and Pamsai, and this bush walk was particularly enjoyable.


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9 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Thank you super sleuth Leuba for your ID of this moth.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/170...
It seemsthat until now no images easily available online for this cryptic caterpillar so this may be some compensation for me invading its privacy (and probably its life) simply for my curiosity.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Great work detective Leuba.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago


Martin, I've had to rethink this spotting of mine. I believe that this is the work of a timber-moth larva (Xyloryctinae). here's my amended spotting with reference to your spotting, for images of the larva. Mystery solved !
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/170...

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

Thanks for your comments J, Angry Bee :) , Daniele, Leuba and asergio.
I think there's many species of swift moths to be identified. This behaviour of storing some foliage is fascinating.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Now that is a great spotting. Congratulations, Martin.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

great shots Martin !

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

:-) Angy Bee is better than Angry Bee:-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Angy Dickinson please !

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Very interesting, Martin!

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.95, Long: 145.25

Spotted on Oct 30, 2012
Submitted on Oct 30, 2012

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