Observed and photographed by Adam Merrick. Published with permission. Exotic large spiny shrub, naturalised on the Hamilton-Digby Road on the Volcanic Plains. Leaves borne in fascicules along the spiny side of branches. Fruit 6-8mm in diameter, bright orange.
Large, hairy caterpillar found feeding on Cattle Bush (Alectryon oleifolius subsp. canescens). Size similar to adult pointer finger, both in length and girth.
Thanks to Cathy Powers and Peter Marriott for identification.