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Ennominae looper

Paralaea beggaria


A bit like a rainbow fruit strap, this little caterpillar was swinging on it's bungee cord from a gum tree. Crazy-paved pink/purple head shield, interesting planar shapes at the rear end. About 20mm long.


Descending on a thread from a eucalyptus in a local nature reserve.


Failry sure it's a Paralaea species but not so sure of which one. They change considerably as the develop. This might be Paralaea sarcodes - http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au... or Paralaea beggaria (MoV #5)

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

:-) it's years since I was able to do an evil dad laugh

CharliePrice 5 years ago

I showed the kids this caterpillar ..and said does it remind you off your rainbow rollups ! (evil mum laugh) .... :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks Bagya, Saurabh, Leuba. Definitely 'Mars Attacks' leader... hope his head doesn't explode.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 5 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Great find - don't know what it looks more like ...a Chinese Dragon or the leader from Mars Attacks !!

Saurabh Bhandari
Saurabh Bhandari 5 years ago

Very nice!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Ha! I understand Ernst. Maybe they could be copied in metal as a pin or brooch.

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

How pretty!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Glad to hear that. Thanks Daniele.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

My day just brightened up! Great find Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks Martin. Yes a bright surprise on a dull day.

MartinL 5 years ago

What a great shot Mark.
Where is the party?

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.30

Spotted on Sep 11, 2014
Submitted on Sep 11, 2014

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