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Unidentified at Suppressed - 28 Nov 2018
Unidentified at Suppressed - 28 Nov 2018

Identification history

Unidentified 28 Nov 2018 JackieMiles

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Just guessing, could be a butterfly larva. On acacia foliage.

3 comments

KerriLee wrote:
   28 Nov 2018
A moth, I think. The red dorsal glands on abdominal segments 6 & 7 and the long 'hair pencils' on the head suggest family Lymantriidae.
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lyma/lymantriidae.html
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lyma/lyma-cats.html
   29 Nov 2018
Yep, does look similar to the Lymantridae larvae on the butterfly house site, but not the same as any of the ones depicted, alas. Guess I could have brought it home, since our place is awash with Acacias and I'd have had no trouble feeding it, but haven't quite got to that stage yet.
KerriLee wrote:
   29 Nov 2018
ah, there's always next time Jackie! Our hawkmoth caterpillar has constructed a shelter on the floor of the glass tank we have had it in for 10 days now, and so is sure to be pupating soon. Then we just wait ...

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