Billygoat Plum Stinging Caterpillar
(one synonym: Dasycomota pyrrhoea Lower, 1902)
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
The Caterpillar of this species has a virulent sting. The caterpillar is round and flat, and is green and yellow. The body has rows of poisonous spines. The caterpillar has been found feeding on:
The adult moth is brown, with a dark line across each forewing which bounds a faded area. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The species has been found in
Geoffrey K. Isbister and Peter I. Whelan,
Envenomation by the billygoat plum stinging caterpillar (Thosea penthima),
Medical Journal of Australia,
Volume 173 part 11 (2000), pp. 654-655.
A. Jefferis Turner,
New Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 26 (1902), p. 206.
(updated 9 January 2006, 13 October 2013)