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.
Unknown larva. About 25mm long. No prolegs or claspers. Pale green body, dorso-ventrally flattened, some small tubercules covering, a strong white-cream line at lateral margin, tapered tail with two small pale cercii. Exploring eucalyptus leaves.
Possibly larva of a Spilosoma sp. moth. Feeding on a Senecio plants in the forest. Quite a few in the area. Five pairs of prolegs (non-jointed) and 3 pairs of true (jointed) legs near its head - Caterpillars only have 6 (true) legs like all insects!
Silky Hairstreak caterpillars with attendant ants.
On a broad leafed wattle these small, black caterpillars were apparently be lovingly looked after by groups of grey and black ants. The caterpillars were about 15mm long. I could not see what the ants were getting from the caterpillar but they seemed to be regularly checking the rear end.
In a local nature reserve adjoining a large national park both dominated by various eucalyptus species.
"Occurring mainly in the Dandenong Ranges where it breeds on wattles (Acacia sp.). An early spring species whose larvae feed on Blackwood (A. melanoxylon) and Silver Wattle (A. dealbata). The larvae are attended by the strong smelling ant, Anonychomyrma biconvexa. Pupation usually occurs under the bark of nearby eucalypts. " - Museum Victoria
Conservation status HIGHLY VULNERABLE
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)
This caterpillar was very well camouflaged in acacia leaves. I found it after noticing frass and working out where it was coming from... right in front of me!
About 40mm long, a real Aussie in vivid green with yellow/gold flecks throughout. Only one set of prolegs and claspers says geometridae. http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/enno/senilis.html