LYMANTRIIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is usually brown and hairy with four dorsal tufts of white or brown hair on abdominal segments one to four, and two lateral white tufts each side from segments one and two also. There are two dark hair pencils on the head with knobs on, and one on the tail. The hairs can cause skin irritation ( urticaria ) in sensitive people.
There appear to be two colour forms of this caterpillar, the second having the body yellow, the tussocks pale brown, and the head red.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on a variety of plants including:
The caterpillars usually pupate in an off-white cocoon amongst the leaves of the foodplant.
The male has brown patterned forewings, with a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species has been found in :
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 43.7, pl. 30.10, p. 428.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 111.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 4 (1855), p. 787, No. 16.
(updated 28 February 2012, 7 April 2017)