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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 6 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 6 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 7 years ago

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

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

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

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Right back at you Carol.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 7 years ago

Fantastic! And Merry Xmas one day late!

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

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

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

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

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Great spot!

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

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

textless
textless 7 years ago

Very interesting, and so fuzzy!

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 7 years ago

very good spot

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.73, Long: 145.38

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

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