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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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6 Comments

Hema
Hema 4 months ago

Wow!

Tukup
Tukup 6 months ago

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

arlanda
arlanda 7 months ago

Wise guy!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 months ago

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

arlanda
arlanda 7 months ago

Wonderful!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

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

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

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

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