Blue Warts Caterpillar
(one synonym is : Doratiphora colligans T.P. Lucas, 1901)
(Photo: courtesy of Helen Schwencke, Brisbane, and Ann Hobson, Theodore, Queensland
The Caterpillars of this species are green, and have four rows of blue spikes.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on :
The caterpillars have reduced legs, and locomote using a slug-like movement of the underside of the body. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 3 cms.
The cocoon is formed under ground debris on some suitable surface. The cocoon is approximately spherical with a diameter of about 1 cm. It is composed of silk, and the surface hardened with a secretion.
The adult moth has cream forewings with black speckles and a row of brown dots parallel to the margin. The hindwings are pale brown. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species occurs in :
Association of this species with the Rainbow Battleship Caterpillar may be mistaken.
Further reading :
Arthur G. Butler,
Descriptions of Lepidoptera heterocera from the Australian Region,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1886, p. 388.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 8.8, pp. 301-302.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 104.
(updated 28 May 2013, 15 October 2023)