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Tussock moth

(Poss.) Orgyia australis

Description:

Caterpillar very hairy, with four sets of bristles. The adult female has no wings at all and lays eggs often in the cocoon. Pic #4 is the caterpillar of the same species. Is this another example of neoteny (retaining features of youth into adult life)?

Habitat:

Feeding on Acacia

Notes:

Dec 9 was the date of adult emergence. http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au... http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au...

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9 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Thank you for mentioning my spotting Karen.

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Martin, this spotting has been featured in the Project Noah blog http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/4575585...

starleaf
starleaf 9 years ago

Finally I get to see how the adult looks like.

Thanks for sharing this posting.

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

thats a great series and very informative ,thanks for sharing the info martinl.

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Atul, notice the female has no wings and this one just emerged fro her cocoon.

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Yes, I was hoping for a male to emerge so I could get an ID

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

amazing ! - great series of photos - thanks.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Excellent. Would like to have watched that.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 9 years ago

Strange but true.

MartinL
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MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 9, 2011
Submitted on Dec 9, 2011

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