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Mottled cupmoth larva

Doratifera vulnerans

Description:

A small but very ornate brown caterpillar with eight tufts of spines and a yellow saddle.

Habitat:

Solitary on a sapling swamp gum leaf.

Notes:

This is the second instar larvae of a cup moth. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/866... http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/796...

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7 Comments

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Very nice, MArtin. Please don't go away, there is something I want to show you.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

thanks Karen and Mayra and Karenl and C.Sydes for your comments

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Yes, they're very similar to the saddleback but this one is a baby. Here is a later instar with weapons fully extended. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/915...
They do itch but I'd say only moderate pain.

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 7 years ago

This looks a lot like our Saddlebag caterpillars. They have stinging hairs that can pack a very painful wollop! Does this one? It looks very ouchie.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Incredible!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Wonderful!

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 8 years ago

beautiful

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -38.33, Long: 144.96

Spotted on Feb 4, 2012
Submitted on Feb 4, 2012

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