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cup moth caterpillar

cup moth caterpillar doratifera quadriguttata on green leaf

Caterpillar of cup moth IMG 4650A - The striking four spotted cup moth caterpillar, Doratifera quadriguttata, is the larva of a rather dull brown moth of the Limacodidae family. The caterpillar, which is around 25mm in length, has poorly defined legs and slithers along like a slug. It feeds on the leaves of eucalyptus trees, and although a large colony of these colourful spiny caterpillars can defoliate a  tree, the plant usually recovers from the ravenous attack.

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