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A green caterpillar raised its tail to discourage predators, however a fly has managed to deposit several eggs.


A roadside eucalyptus.


These eggs, laid onto a caterpillar are quite common late in the summer.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

That Paralea larva is lacking the fine blue dorsal line of both this one and mine.

MartinL 9 years ago

Yes Mark. I assumed a caterpillar similar to this one but I do believe that all lepidoptera have some pro-legs and claspers. This insect flicked its tail up aggressively when I came close and that is how I noticed it. That is a sawfly behavior. I remain ambivalent about this one.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Unfortunately flies must eat too Hema. I'm suspecting some sawfly larva for this one Martin - zero legs or claspers at the back end?

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Maybe you can flick the eggs off the caterpillar?

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 1, 2014
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