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Processionary Caterpillar (Bag-shelter moth)

Ochrogaster lunifer

Description:

Do not handle! The processionary caterpillars follow each other head-to-tail, forming long chains in late summer and autumn. Sometimes called “itchy grubs”, their dense hair will cause intense dermatitis and can result in severe allergic reactions.

Habitat:

Spotted in dry sclerophyll forest. Found in open forest, woodland and savannah with wattle, Australia-wide

Notes:

The adult female and egg masses of this moth can also induce skin reactions . Even the hairs on the cast skins of larvae are dangerous. These caterpillars travel in long chains when they leave the trees to pupate.

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8 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks again Doina!

DoinaRussu
DoinaRussu 8 years ago

Nice photos! Very interesting, Daniele, thank you for info:)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Lovely find!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

You're welcome Alice!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Thanks for the story and the warning!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Karen!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Very interesting Daniele!

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 25, 2012
Submitted on May 10, 2012

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