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Mottled cup-moth (early larvae)

Doratifera vulnerans


Neatly lined up in a row of eight, these small spiney caterpillars are risky to touch. The ends are brown in the first instars bearing large spines and joined with a yellow/green saddle. This will grow into a large green caterpillar and eventually a brown moth.


Suburban park (Bridge park kilsyth) on planted eucalyptus sapling leaves


Initially posted incorrectly as Emperor Gum moth. These were right beside the eggs of an emperor gum moth (Pic#3)with different hatchling, and I made the fateful assumption. I felt suspicious and noticed the saddle is unique to cup moths and have changed the ID now. Adult moth here,

1 Species ID Suggestions

MartinL 8 years ago
Mottled cup-moth
Doratifera vulnerans Mottled Cup Moth - Doratifera vulnerans

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MartinL 8 years ago

Check the early instar emperor gum moth (pic 3) do you suppose it is imitating the (supposedly itchy) cupmoth larvae? It has the odd habit of three mid sections each bearing a pair of bumps with bristles.

Ietermagog 8 years ago

Interesting pic!

MartinL 8 years ago

Ismael and Leuba (and others), I made a wrong ID for this one and have corrected it now. Sorry for the bad scientific method (rash assumption).

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

great photos !

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 8 years ago

Great spotting!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 29, 2012
Submitted on Jan 29, 2012

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