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Mistletoe Brown-Tail Moth

Euproctis edwardsii


This 20 mm long grey caterpillar had white lateral tufts of setae on the abdominal segments, a fringe of golden setae on the thorax, a tuft of long brown setae at the rear end and a black head. The first and last abdominal segments showed paired black knobs (pic 3). Dorsally, a white band ran all along the length of the body with a narrow black line in the middle. Each segment had a raised tuft of dark setae on either side of the midline. The two penultimate segments each had a yellow dorsal gland.


Spotted crawling down a eucalyptus tree.


This is the caterpillar of Mistletoe Brown-Tail Moth ( E. edwardsii), it feeds on Mistletoe ( Loranthaceae).
Family: Lymantriidae

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maplemoth662 4 years ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

...yes so good to see some action !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Closest thing to a moth in mid winter.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jul 21, 2015
Submitted on Jul 28, 2015

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