Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Urticating Caterpillar

So called because it can 'urt?

DF and I came across this 'Chinese Junk' or Cup Moth caterpillar today while we were orchid hunting around Moe - more of the orchid stuff shortly.


There are several different cup moth species that feed on eucalypts and they can vary in colour and size. The spines, (or urticating / irritating hairs), on the body can inflict a sting rather like a nettle.

There is some interesting information here that is worth reading, from the University of Sydney department of Medical Entomology regarding the effects of stings from these glorious looking creatures.

3 comments:

  1. Very impressive - never seen one of those!

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  2. Very nice looking caterpillar love the colours.

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  3. Matthew is fascinated with caterpillars at the moment - thanks to the "Very Hungry Caterpillar" book. Hope he doesn't find one of these - he invariably brings them to me in the palm of his hand. He can't quite get his mouth around "caterpillar" though, his version is more lovely - "pitterpatter"

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