Emperor Gum Moth

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Emperor Gum Moth PupaeGenus: Opodiphthera
Species: Opodiphthera eucalypti
Common names: Emperor Gum Moth
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Having seen lots of these hard cases attached to vines and tree bark in the Reserve, I was determined to find out what animal made them. I kept this one in a container for a number of weeks until finally this large Emperor Gum moth with a wingspan of about 10 cm emerged. The moths lay their eggs on the gum leaves where they hatch into green caterpillars covered in protective spines. The large mature caterpillars spin these hard tough cocoons before pupating inside. The pupae can remain in the cocoon for a year or longer depending on the weather conditions so I was really lucky that this one emerged so quickly. (November 2008)

Emperor Gum Moth

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