Small Hairy Caterpillars
in Australia
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Some species have hairy caterpillars with recognisable features, so can easily be identified :


Uraba lugens

hairy, with an irregular pointed hat on its head

Mynes geoffroyi

brown, but with pink hairs

Ochrogaster lunifer

grey, hairy,
walks in procession

Trichiocercus sparshalli

a coloured tussock the back of every segment, and pencil of black hairs on the head

Chenuala heliaspis

red hairs especially around the head and tail

Anthela astata

red hairs,
two long white hair pencils
from behind the thorax

Anthela barnardi

off-white, off-white hairs

Anthela limonea

yellow, white hairs

Anthela acuta

white verrucae,
except last 3 are pink

Argina astrea

alternating black and white bands, black head,
feeds on any green leaves

A number of caterpillar families have several species with hairy caterpillars, so that identifying the species of one of these may not be easy :


ORGYRIINAE

only 4 tussocks on the back

THAUMETOPOEINAE

a coloured tussock the back of every segment

LASIOCAMPIDAE

hairy, some with a moustache

NYMPHALIDAE

branched hairs

THAUMETOPOEINAE

hairy

ARCTIIDAE

hairy

ANTHELIDAE

warty and hairy

EUPTEROTIDAE

hairy


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(written 16 July 2020, updated 27 July 2020)