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Does it look like this caterpillar is hanging in the middle of nowhere? It is! One of the reasons to always wear a broad-rimmed hat in the rainforest. These trigger a painful itch. Help with ID appreciated!


Lamington Range National Park. Spotted near the Lower Ballanjui Falls. The park comprises Australia's largest remnant sub-tropical rainforest.


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1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 7 years ago
Lappet Moth Caterpillar

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maplemoth662 2 years ago

A very pretty caterpillar....

ShannaB 7 years ago

I reckon it might be!! Ours was dangling in mid-air too - Nath walked right into it and it got stuck to his shirt, so he brushed it off onto the stick.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Very nice

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Beautiful capture!

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks for your further thoughts Dominik. I'll outsource it to an Australian group I think and will try to attract Martin's attention to it. Definitely no Rufus rufus: not brown and boring enough! lol

bayucca 7 years ago

At a second look, the head reminds me of Epicoma sp., also a Notodontidae. Sometimes I think that these Notodontidae are just a "pot-of-excuse-ID" as they are so many different ones in this family...
Could it be a Rufus rufus??

bayucca 7 years ago

I didn't show you my garage ;-)... as you know one is empty since I had to trash my Smart...

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Merci Dominik! Having see the pond I know it's worth something :-) Time to continue with my own research now I guess. I have always heard those referred to as "itchy grubs" but a lot of things are called itchy grubs in Australia. This is your standard itchy grub, a very different beast:

bayucca 7 years ago

I would not bet my whole ranch on it, but the garage and the pond ;-)...

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Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

Spotted on Mar 26, 2013
Submitted on May 3, 2013

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