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A small but very ornate brown caterpillar with eight tufts of spines and a yellow saddle.
Solitary on a sapling swamp gum leaf.
This is the second instar larvae of a cup moth.
Very nice, MArtin. Please don't go away, there is something I want to show you.
thanks Karen and Mayra and Karenl and C.Sydes for your comments
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.
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.
Lat: -38.33, Long: 144.96
Spotted on Feb 4, 2012 Submitted on Feb 4, 2012
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