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Mottled cup moth

Doratifera vulnerans

Description:

Pretty brown moth emerged today. Before I could take a second pic - it was gone. The empty pupal case looks like a cup.

Notes:

Three different instar larvae pics spotted and added later to complete the lifecycle =)

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12 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 10 years ago

Thanks Karen. This is a favorite of mine because we never find these as adults so I had to grow it by collecting a woody pupa and waiting many weeks. Even then I only got two shots.

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Congratulations Martin, this really unusual little moth has been chosen to represent the moths of Australasia in the blog today! http://blog.projectnoah.org/

MartinL
MartinL 10 years ago

I've added pics of the larvae to complete the lifecycle ;)
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/888...

MartinL
MartinL 10 years ago

I've found the larvae of this moth here
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/884...

MartinL
MartinL 10 years ago

Right back at you Carol.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Fantastic! And Merry Xmas one day late!

MartinL
MartinL 10 years ago

Here is the cup-moth, the adult of the 'spitfire' caterpillar

MartinL
MartinL 10 years ago

I think that yellow structure on the pupal case is an egg.

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Great spot!

MartinL
MartinL 10 years ago

The larva is even more impressive. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/616...

textless
textless 10 years ago

Very interesting, and so fuzzy!

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 10 years ago

very good spot

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 7, 2011
Submitted on Dec 7, 2011

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