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Mottled cup moth

Doratifera vulnerans

Description:

The Caterpillars vary from green through grey to red, but all have a pair of yellow and green saddle-like marks on the back which often have a white arc at each end, and a black outline. On the thorax and last two segments are raised knobs: four at each end. Coloured stinging hairs are protruded from these when the Caterpillar is disturbed (see photo #1 and #2)

Habitat:

Gum trees.

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14 Comments

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 8 years ago

Nice!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Wonderful!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 8 years ago

Beautiful

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

It is a cool one! Great series! Congrats!

apeachg
apeachg 8 years ago

The is the most beautiful caterpillar I've ever seen! So wonderfully ornate and colorful!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

very cool - such a colorful caterpillar and subdued moth in color

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 8 years ago

Incredibly detailed photos and what a wonderful spotting. Thanks for sharing.

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Awesome!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

The variety in the Caterpillar Kingdom is amazing!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Great spotting..!!

vipin.baliga
vipin.baliga 8 years ago

Such a beautiful creature..!!!
Thanks a lot for sharing.. :-)

RachaelB
RachaelB 8 years ago

Thanks. I was very excited to come across this spotting - and I kept well clear of it's bristles. It's amazing how much I see now that I've started looking!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

WOW! Totally amazing and bizarre! I love it!

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

This is an excellent photo of this bizarre larvae that is not commonly seen. I have brushed against those bristles and they cause mild itching. I have found a cupmoth pupa and grew out the moth as seen here. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/796...

RachaelB
Spotted by
RachaelB

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 26, 2012
Submitted on Feb 27, 2012

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