The Caterpillars of LASIOCAMPIDAE are medium to large in size. Some are smooth, and some are hairy. Most have a pair of dorsal glands on abdominal segments six and seven. Many have flaps of skin overhanging their prolegs, hence the name "Lappet Moths" (a 'lappet' is a decorative flap of material on clothing). Many adults have elongated labial palpi, which makes them look like they have long noses, hence their name "Snout Moths".
The 76 named Australian species of LASIOCAMPIDAE are:
Entometa fervens : Gum Snout Moth
Opsirhina lechriodes : Long-Nosed Moth
Pernattia pusilla : She-Oak Moth
Frequently Asked Questions about Caterpillars
(updated 25 December 2012)