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Mottled cupmoth

Doratifera vulnerans

Description:

Upon detecting a threat, such as a photographer leaning in, this slug moth larva everts all eight pompoms of stinging spines for an effective defense display and weapons ready. When the threat is over, the bristled weaponry is folded into eight pouches, pic 3 This display looks suitable for a birthday party decoration.

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20 Comments

staccyh
staccyh 8 years ago

Great shots! Nice info too. I quite like the pompoms.

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Thank you sintija

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 8 years ago

Wonderful!!!!!! :)))

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks for your comment DonnaBollenbach

DonnaBollenbach
DonnaBollenbach 9 years ago

Great images and information. Beautiful!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Thank you Mari. There are lots of these this year.

Mari du Preez
Mari du Preez 9 years ago

Fantastic!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks Karen, thanks Aaron and thanks Nature lover
@Aaron, the second species is another related species cupmoth that is suddenly very prolific and both on this tree together :-)

Nature lover
Nature lover 9 years ago

Wow!!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

Beautiful caterpillar! I like the 2-for-1 in the final image. :-)

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Wonderful spot Martin!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks Jakubko and MayraSpringmann

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Fascinating!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing this awesome spotting, Martin!!!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Argy Bee. That is another species called the four spotted cupmoth http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/888... I found about 50 of these today over many trees (Mitcham) and collected a few hopefully for a better pic and to compare the cup, and moth which I have never seen yet. The early instar is this one http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/183...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Hi Martin.. pic#3, background, is that another instar or another species?

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks Yuko, Kelly and Rieko.
This one has everted its spines more fully than any one I've seen. Once they calm down they don't react as strongly again.

RiekoS
RiekoS 9 years ago

Beautiful moth. So colorful. Very nice.

Kellyspubvista
Kellyspubvista 9 years ago

Nice. Looks like fireworks!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 9 years ago

Gorgeous moth! Looks like a firework party is going on!!

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 28, 2013
Submitted on Feb 28, 2013

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