Mottled Cup Moth

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Doratifera vulneransGenus: Doratifera
Species: Doratifera vulnerans
Common names: Mottled Cup Moth
ALA reference

I found a branch on a Lophostemon confertus (Brush Box) covered in what appear at first glance to be small gum-nuts. They are actually the pupal cases of the mottled cup moth. The photo shows two that are unhatched. The caterpillars are brightly coloured with a rectangular slug like shape. They have about ten patches of stinging hairs that can be raised when the caterpillars are disturbed.

(January 2013)