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Hakea Moth Caterpillar

Oenochroma vinaria


A thick squishy-looking brown caterpillar with a broad black band on the upper side of its body. The upper side also showed a scattering of minute white dots with larger paired white spots on abdominal segments one, three and eight. The tail end showed a pair of bright slightly raised orange outgrowths. The ventral side was pale.
The caterpillar was about 40 mm long.


Spotted writhing on the ground -under a hakea tree. Probably dropped by a bird.


When disturbed the caterpillar is said to bend its head and present two short "horns" that rise out of the large paired pale spots,to deter predator. This strategy, unfortunately, probably did not work this time
These caterpillars feed on species of the Proteaceae family like Hakea, Grevillea.
Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Oenochrominae
The adult can be seen in this spotting

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Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 16, 2019
Submitted on Jan 3, 2020

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