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Common Brown Looper Moth (caterpillar)

Hypodoxa muscosaria


Not a leaf or a green slug! This is the legless caterpillar of the Common Brown Looper Moth, a moth in the Geometridae family.


Spotted in dry sclerophyll forest. Distribution: east coast of Australia.

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DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Mark! I've corrected all the fields.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Hi Daniele. I believe BrisbaneInsects is promulgating a typo since 2004. I think Lopper is meant to be Looper. The family is known as loopers after all. It's amazing how far it has gone but mostly it's only BI and anyone who has referenced it (like PN users are wont to do) that have this spelling.

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks ForestDragon! This caterpillar often stands straight at an angle as seen on this shot, on a twig or leaf of its food plant. If disturbed, it will drops on a thread.

ForestDragon 6 years ago

What a very odd caterpillar! Thank you for sharing this creature. :)

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Strange indeed! Thanks for your comments Atul and Ashish!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Strange Inchworm... Nice shots Daniele... Each spotting is providing lot learning...

Atul 6 years ago

lovely pics Daniele!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago


DanielePralong 6 years ago

I think you're right Martin! Thanks for the links. I was amazed by its ability to stand stiff and at an angle!

MartinL 6 years ago

Very nice Danielle. Do you think it may have a couple of parasitic eggs laid onto its body like this one?
Here's another reference in case you haven't seen it yet.

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks Ismael!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 6 years ago

Nice shots Daniele

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -27.47, Long: 152.96

Spotted on Mar 25, 2012
Submitted on May 19, 2012

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