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Common Australian Crow (caterpillar)

Euploea core


This caterpillar has alternating bands of orange, black and white all along the body, and has eight black tentacles in pairs: on the mesothorax, the metathorax, and on abdominal segments two and eight. I spotted the caterpillars simply because the butterflies seemed to be attracted to this species of vine (photo #4). A previous spotting of the adult butterfly -


Common in the Brisbane area, as it is throughout the rest of Australia. This one was found on a native vine.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

And I was so happy to spot this one. I'd seen photos, but never in real life. They're beautiful.

maplemoth662 4 years ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Thanks, James. I've never seen one in Sydney, although I must admit I wasn't searching for them. They look pretty cool.

JamesPriest2 6 years ago

Good shot. I have two on my Oleander tree and two Chrysalis. Well that's what I can see.:-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Yes, a very handsome fellow. The tentacles kind of remind me of a waxed moustache.

CharliePrice 7 years ago

Wow what a beauty !

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Thanks, Martin. I know the vine that these caterpillars like. I see it from time to time on my walks, so I'll keep an eye out for the crysalis. Cheers for the link. It looks so amazing.

MartinL 7 years ago

I saw similar caterpillar in cairns.
The next day it had pupated.
Yours is large and only days from pupating.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

I'll do my best :)

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

It's also known as the Oleander Butterfly, and when I was little I used to search constantly for the chrysalis on the underside of the Oleander leaves, stems and branches. I know it's an introduced plant and quite poisonous but finding the gems on the plant is a real treasure. Would love to see the photos when you find them!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Thanks KD. I know the vine to look for now. Plenty of the butterflies close to home at present, so I'll keep a watchful eye. I know the butterfly and caterpillar by sight, so the chrysalis is next.

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Beautiful detail Neil. Looks like each black strand has been individually curled. Keep a lookout for the chrysalis they are magical.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

I think so too, and it's only that I saw the butterflies in the same area that I knew where to start looking to ID the caterpillar. Must try to ID the vine.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

beautiful caterpillar!

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

QLD, Australia

Spotted on Jan 11, 2015
Submitted on Jan 14, 2015

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