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Mottled Cup Moth

Doratifera vulnerans

Description:

Fluffy, mottled grey brown moth with bronze, gold and chestnut wing markings. Distinct, smooth, pear shaped brown cocoon with darker brown cap and dark silk lines, affixed to tree twig.

Habitat:

Eucalyptus trees, specifically on twigs, posing as twigs.

Notes:

This is the moth I raised indoors, from a caterpillar, and its cocoon. It stayed in the cocoon for eight months from mid Autumn (early April) to early Summer (early December). Its nest mates still on the tree emerged within a week of mine. It emerged during the day so I kept it aside for evening release but it didn't leave until the next morning. You can see its pupal skin left behind in the empty cocoon, with a clearly visible face. I put a disposable chopstick in its enclosure to affix to so this is what you see in the images.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 2, 2016
Submitted on Jan 2, 2016

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