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Wattle moth caterpillar

Neola semiaurata


Flamboyant and bizarre larvae of notodontid moth. The caterpillar will hold its head back when startled and the distended tail, equipped with eyespots (pic #5) seems to be the head.


This series includes two different specimens found on two different species of Acacia tree found within very close proximity.

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71 Comments (1–25)

MartinL 9 years ago

Thank you Staccyh.
The series shows two different color forms of the same species.

staccyh 9 years ago

Beautiful series Martin!

MartinL 10 years ago

thank you vivianpoma

vivianpoma 10 years ago

Absolutely stunning, congratulations!!

MartinL 10 years ago

Thanks Jakubko. This caterpillar has mimic eyes at the tail end but I hadn't the foresight to notice when I found this specimen so its not illustrated well in my pics.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

Congratulations, Martin, your astonishing caterpillar was featured in my Project Noah Blog entry, "Tips for Moth-ers!"

MartinL 10 years ago

Hello ijica. There were two different ones, they are 40mm long.
Thanks Carol. Why do some caterpillars get so bizarre and others so plain?

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

I love this caterpillar!

injica 10 years ago

Amazing creature! How big it is?

MartinL 10 years ago

Thank you Adarsha

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago


MartinL 11 years ago

Yes, Manas, that is approximately what I said when I saw this critter, then I saw a second one!. This bizarre creature has that effect on people.

mike protim
mike protim 11 years ago

Holy mother of god!!!

MartinL 11 years ago

Thanks Ana.

Ana Silva
Ana Silva 11 years ago

It looks like tree clothes! a tshirt, amazing!!!

MartinL 11 years ago

Thanks Aldrin

aldrin 11 years ago

congratulation! martinl

MartinL 11 years ago

Thanks Carol and Willie. How could you not love a cat. with a face like this?

williefromwi 11 years ago

Congratulations on a wonderful series of photos, and your SOTD award,Martinl

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Congratulations! I have always liked this particular spot. Just a matter of time before you got Spot of the Day! Great series. Keep up the good work.

MartinL 11 years ago

thanks matmar, isabella and larry

IsabellaFiers 11 years ago

Beautiful !!

LarryGraziano 11 years ago

Great spotting Martin! Congratulations on SOTD. It is well deserved!

MartinL 11 years ago

Thank you all for your kind comments. This is certainly the most odd caterpillar that I have spotted. I'm not even sure if it's trying to mimic something.

DavidMroczkowski 11 years ago

Oooooooooooooooo! Wow!

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Wisemans Ferry, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Apr 4, 2012
Submitted on Apr 7, 2012

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