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Cup moth caterpillar

Doratifera oxleyi

Description:

A bizarre green caterpillar with yellow spots and numerous tufts of spikes.

Habitat:

On eucalyptus.


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10 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 12 months ago

Mark, now we have to find D. pingu :)

MartinL
MartinL 12 months ago

Cool, thank you Mr Ridgway.

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 12 months ago

Your welcome, MartinL....

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 12 months ago

Now I think it's D.oxleyi (and so does Kristi Ellingsen)

MartinL
MartinL 12 months ago

Thanks maplemoth
and Mark Ridgeway, from all that time ago.

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 12 months ago

Three, very beautiful, caterpillar photos....a very beautiful, and a very colorful caterpillar....

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

That makes sense. I remember think the Tasmanians might be out of step on this when I was discussing it in Facebook Tas Insects forum.

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Here is the full body. I had to change lenses to fit it in.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/104...
My ID of this one would indicate that the following site is also incorrect and these are all D. oxleyi. The final instar larvae completely lose their red markings of the younger larvae.
https://sites.google.com/site/insectsoft...

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/380...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Good. I was very confused when tracking down my pinguis moth. Can you do a full-body shot?

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Mark, I followed the description of the butterflyhouse website;
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au...
It shows this final instar to be identical with oxleyi but has no image for D. pinguis. As this is a final instar, I have kept it and should probably grow it out like I did for the mottled cupmoth last year. I suspect that the larva of zosterops on flikr is oxleyi too and D. pinguis is this one https://davesgarden.com/community/forums...

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.49, Long: 144.59

Spotted on Nov 18, 2014
Submitted on Nov 18, 2014

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