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Geometridae larva

Eucyclodes sp.

Description:

An odd mimetic larva with leafy flanges on each segment.

Habitat:

Found on a young eucalyptus sapling on a roadside easement.


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13 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Thanks Leuba.
We were not even sure that it was a moth, at first.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

What a great find Martin !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Extraordinary.

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Thanks Gilma Jeannette Ospino Ferreira-Norman
Yes it had me confused for a while too.

Amazing and confusing!! I would have never thought it would be a Moth Larva... : o

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Yes, SukanyaDatta its a pretty good mimic. I think there is no similar related caterpillar.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

I mistook it for a liver fluke at first glance (first photo) What mimicry. It really looks like a torn bit of dry leaf.

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Seems that it is a moth after all.
The lepidopteran claspers had me unsure of the beetle designation.
Thanks to Ken Walker for ID
Anisozyga sp. possibly A. metaspila
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au...
http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations...

injica
injica 4 years ago

Indeed must be Lampyridae ;)

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Hmmm.. Well spotted injica. That would be close to firefly beetles. The bark beetle also has a similar tip, and 'blocky' segments .http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/1058946003

injica
injica 4 years ago

is not a caterpillar is Coleoptera or sth similar larvae (6 legs!) look the ending

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 years ago

And amazing spotting too.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 years ago

Amazing cat, Martin.

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -34.13, Long: 150.74

Spotted on Mar 16, 2015
Submitted on Mar 17, 2015

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