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Mottled cupmoth

Doratifera vulnerans

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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.
https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:...
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au...

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5 Comments

Tukup
Tukup a week ago

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

arlanda
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
arlanda 4 weeks ago

Wonderful!

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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