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Mottled cupmoth

Doratifera vulnerans


Another spectacular slug-foot caterpillar which almost got my neck while snapping fungi. These really really hurt if the spines are touched.
From past experience I know this one is ready to pupate and some of it's siblings had already done that on the same branch.


Churchill NP.. open, dry sclerophyll eucalyptus woodlands. This one on E.viminalis


Lucky the leaf tip touched my neck first and made me look up because focus was down on fungi. Hope I don't tread on a snake one day.

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Tukup a week ago

Great colors. Incredible array of defense. Thanks for sharing.

arlanda 4 weeks ago

Wise guy!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 weeks ago

Thanks Angel and Neil... I haven't tried them out and don't intend to.

arlanda 4 weeks ago


Neil Ross
Neil Ross a month ago

Great spotting, Mark. I've had my own experiences with this species. Nasty! And painful!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.95, Long: 145.25

Spotted on Mar 9, 2020
Submitted on Mar 10, 2020

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