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About 9 months ago I found a moth cocoon which was slightly unusual in size, colour and location so I decided to grow it out. Today shock, horror and delight when a fly finally opened the lid, climbed out and stretched it's wings.
On a Grevillea stem growing closely entwined with a small eucalyptus tree in a local nature reserve.
Original moth cocoon spotting here (Doratifera vulnerans) http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/198...
Caterpillar which made the cocoon http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/200...
Known parasite of D.vulnerans - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf...
All sorts of questions are raised !! Missions?... started as a moth finished as a fly.
Lat: -37.86, Long: 145.32
Spotted on Dec 11, 2014
Submitted on Dec 11, 2014
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