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Sparshalli Moth Caterpillar

Trichiocercus sparshalli


Caterpillars have their red and black bristles but become pure white moths. They're usually in groups when young but later become solitary, resting on the leaves of the foodplant during the day. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 4 cms. They pupate in a silk cocoon in ground debris.


They are found throughout Australia eating eucalyptus.


This guy must have been almost ready to become a moth, because he was alone and chilling on the ground.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Sparshalli Moth
Trichiocercus sparshalli Sparshalli Moth - Trichiocercus sparshalli
MartinL 10 years ago
Sparshalli moth
Trichiocercus sparshalli Trichiocercus sparshalli

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SharniM 10 years ago

Thank you so much Martini for the ID! I'll update the information now.

MartinL 10 years ago

Welcome to PN Sharna
This will become a white moth. Caterpillars often stay in groups and will follow eachother in a long line, bumper to bumper when moving to another tree.

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Oct 22, 2012
Submitted on Sep 2, 2013

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