Carnivorous Caterpillars of Australia
Don Herbison-Evans,
Stella Crossley

         Coccidiphaga scitula (ACONTIINAE) The caterpillars of this species feed on Olive Black Scale ( Saissetia oleae, COCCIDAE).
         Batrachedra arenosella (BATRACHEDRIDAE) The caterpillars of this species have been thought to feed on various things, including Scale Insects ( COCCIDAE).
         Calyptra minuticornis (CALPINAE) These moths sometimes pierce the skin of sleeping animals and feed on their blood.
         Pyroderces falcatella (COSMOPTERIGIDAE) The caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on Lac Insect Larvae ( Paratachardina lobata, KERRIIDAE ).
         Cyclotorna monocentra (CYCLOTORNIDAE) The early instars of these caterpillars feed on Leaf Hoppers and later instars feed on larvae of Meat Ants
         EPIPYROPIDAE The caterpillars of this family feed on Lantern Flies (FULGORIDAE) and Antipodean Hoppers (EURYBRACHIDAE)
         Hypsopygia mauritialis (PYRALIDAE) The caterpillars of this species feed on the combs and larvae in Paper Wasp nests.
         Tirathaba parasiticus (PYRALIDAE) The caterpillars of this species feed on other caterpillars.
         Titanoceros thermoptera (PYRALIDAE) The caterpillars of this species are oophagous, feeding on the eggs of other moths, such as those of Ochrogaster lunifer.
         Stathmopoda melanochra (OECOPHORIDAE) The caterpillars of this species feed on various species of
Scale Insect ( COCCOIDEA ) such as :
  • Gumtree Scale ( Eriococcus coriaceus ) (on Gums: MYRTACEAE),
  • Wax Scale ( Ceroplastes species ) (on Figs : MORACEAE), and
  • Wattle Tick Scale ( Cryptes baccatus ) (on Wattles : MIMOSACEAE).

  • Acrodipsas illidgei

    Acrodipsas myrmecophila

    Arhopala micale

    Arhopala wildei

    Hypochrysops halyaetus

    Hypochrysops ignita

    Liphyra brassolis

    Lucia limbaria

    Ogyris genoveva

    Ogyris idmo

    Ogyris otanes

    Ogyris subterrestris

    Paralucia aurifer

    Paralucia pyrodiscus
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    The caterpillars of these species live in Ant nests, and are all thought to eat ant larvae. Some have been filmed doing so, but the evidence for some of the others is rather circumstantial.
             Eupithecia orichloris (LARENTIINAE) OVERSEAS: in Hawaii:
    The caterpillars of this species catch and eat flies.

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    (updated 26 December 2013, 3 April 2017)