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Mottled cupmoth larva & pupa

Doratifera vulnerans


An extroverted caterpillar with stinging spines everted to defend against curious predators and photographers. This larvae is beside a pupa and will soon pupate itself. This 'slug' caterpillar does not have true legs (pic 5) and an early instar (pic 6) was noticed nearby.

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MartinL 6 years ago

Thank you Pam
Thanks you Saumya
These are sometimes quite common in summer and campers are aware not to sit too close to branches for fear of brushing up against them.

Awesome series with great colors !

pamsai 6 years ago

great series martini... thanks

MartinL 6 years ago

Thanks PunkusArnett
Yes, I think they are alien

PunkusArnett 7 years ago

Looks Alien!

MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Leanne, ceherzog and Mayra

MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Fascinating! Great series!

ceherzog 7 years ago

Crazy...and wonderful!

LeanneGardner 7 years ago

That's a double wow from me! These are so awsome :)

MartinL 7 years ago

Thank you Antonio.
Thank you Jakubko sorry for the typo :(

Wow,this one is awesome ,great Martinl,congrats and thanks for sharing

MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Maria and Courtney and Jacubko. This one actually stung me as I brushed my hand while moving another branch aside. It stung strongly for a few moments and the pain was gone quickly :) I collected the pupa and hope to click the moth again this season.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Spectacular caterpillar, Martin! Thank you so much for sharing and adding to my mission, "Moths of the World!"

courtneyhitson 7 years ago

Awesome series of pictures! Awesome find!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Very nice series; the "spiky" caterpillars are always so interesting to see.

MartinL 7 years ago

Thank you Argy Bee and Reza

Wonderful !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

That's a nice colour set Martin. Interesting some are pupating there as this little guy has a few more days yet to go? One thing that impressed me last season was how all specimens on one tree cupped at the same time.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 23, 2013
Submitted on Feb 23, 2013

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