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Emperor Gum Moth Caterpillar - late instars

Opodiphthera eucalypti


This spotting features two slightly later instars of the Emperor Gum Moth caterpillar. Pics 1 to 3 show a stage later than the ones in pic 4 where the body spines appear longer and the body was not as green as the older caterpillars. The two younger caterpillars ( pic 4) were on a leaf which still had their shed skins.


Spotted on a eucalyptus tree ( Eucalyptus viminalis) - both stages seen on the same tree


Seen in the spotting below are two stages earlier to the ones seen here and that of the last instar.
Family: Saturniidae

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1 Comment

maplemoth662 6 years ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 27, 2014
Submitted on Nov 27, 2014

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