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An oval shaped open-weave cocoon made from the hairs of a very hairy caterpillar. After the wingless female moth has pupated she emerged to lay her tiny, pearly eggs all over the matrix and died when finished. In some photos the remains of the pupal sheath can be seen within the cocoon. The whole structure is about 25mm long. The last pic 2 days later shows her up on the cage face down abdomen up. The abdomen was slowly waving in the air.
On a Corymbia maculata trunk in a local nature reserve.
Update! I checked her out 2 days later and she was still alive and had traveled all of 30mm and climbed on top of the cage. I suspect her previous eggs are infertile as she's still trying to get a mate by waving her abdomen around in the air. How many eggs left?
Male moth was spotted here http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/215...
Caterpillars hatching here http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/868...
Spotted on Jan 29, 2015
Submitted on Jan 30, 2015
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