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Brown Tail Gum Moth caterpillar

Urocoma baliolalis


Looking like a strip of rich silk carpet, this caterpillar had several tufts of setae on the dorsal side and long, white, down-ward pointing setae surrounding the body like a skirt. A pair of black tufts of hair projected out from the rear end and long thick setae (pic 3) covered a red shiny thoracic segment (pic 4), which was exposed when the skin retracted.


Spotted on a eucalyptus tree in a reserve.
This species is seen widely in the south-east part of Australia.


Family: Lymantriidae

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maplemoth662 2 years ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

If pics 3 and 4 are both of the face that's amazing.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 18, 2014
Submitted on Oct 18, 2014

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