The final version of the D.vulnerans caterpillar - white-grey body with sets of red-orange tufts and yellow stinging hairs at either end and a turquoise, yellow and black saddle mid-dorsal.
Wetlands reserve on small eucalyptus stems.
For the first time I have noticed the very fine hairs hanging down from the false legs shapes mid body - pic 3. What purpose? In pic 2 you can just see the tiny fine tips of the stinging spines. The yellow spines usually stay inside the orange bases but shoot out instantly if the caterpillar is disturbed. There seems very few of these around this year. This one was just about to turn itself into a cup. The twisted grey shades are an indicator that the changes are beginning. The next step in the pupation process is here http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/983... then the moth can be seen here http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/154...
Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.28
Spotted on Mar 22, 2013
Submitted on Mar 22, 2013
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