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This downy caterpillar was about 25 mm long. It had a brown and cream blotchy appearance. First pictures displaying displeasure - raised and tucked in head to display black bands and erectile horns. After about 20 min. the caterpillar had descended the branch and was resting with its body totally camouflaged against the branch (pic 4). Spotted on young eucalyptus tree - nature reserve ( Wicks)

Date & Time

2015-02-08 02:56 PM [Melbourne]


-37.86 , 145.32 : m


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  1. Chris Clarke  Wow - great camoflage, photography and description. Welcome to Natureshare.

    Reply • 16 Feb 2015

    • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you for the welcome Chris and for your kind comments. So pleased to be part of Natureshare. System works very well.

      Reply • 17 Feb 2015

  2. Don Herbison-Evans  Hi Leuba, Do you know on what plant it was feeding? Don

    Reply • 03 Jan 2017

    • Leuba Ridgway  Don, This was most certainly on a young eucalypt but I am not sure of the species. This plant also had several limacodid cups - Doratifera vulnerans, if that helps. We saw several caterpillars earlier but the cups sadly are always raided.

      Reply • 06 Jan 2017

NS Observation No. 54E15A0DED2A8987B700018B
Created 2015-02-16 01:46 PM (over 5 years ago)
Created By Leuba Ridgway
Updated 2015-02-16 01:55 PM (over 5 years ago)
Updated By Leuba Ridgway
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