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Mottled cup moth

Doratifera vulnerans


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)


Gum trees.

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Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 10 years ago


MayraSpringmann 10 years ago


Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 10 years ago


CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

It is a cool one! Great series! Congrats!

apeachg 10 years ago

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

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

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

MaryEvans2 10 years ago

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

KarenL 10 years ago


alicelongmartin 10 years ago

The variety in the Caterpillar Kingdom is amazing!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Great spotting..!!

vipin.baliga 10 years ago

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

RachaelB 10 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!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

WOW! Totally amazing and bizarre! I love it!

MartinL 10 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.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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

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