Wattle Moth

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Wattle mothGenus: Neola
Species: Neola semiaurata
Common names: Wattle moth
ALA reference

I found this impressive looking caterpillar feeding on the leaves of a small Cupaniopsis anacardioides tree. It is known to feed on a variety of different plants including other Sapindaceae species as well as acacias (Mimosaceae) and Proteaceae. When disturbed it can evert a red appendage from just under its head and cause the blue spots on its tail to enlarge to look like pairs of eyes. It pupates in a cocoon in the ground litter. The adult moth, which has a wingspan of about 6 cm, is really quite dull when compared with this brightly coloured caterpillar

(March 2012)