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Unknown caterpillar

Observed: 12th June 2008 By: trudy-russelltrudy-russell’s reputation in Invertebratestrudy-russell’s reputation in Invertebratestrudy-russell’s reputation in Invertebrates

Green caterpillar with regular black rectangular markings. Length approximately 4cm.
Fell out of mixed foliage when shaken (approximately 11.30pm), this was part of a nocturnal survey. The caterpillar was found in foliage on a coastal trail that is south facing. Weather - warm, dry and clear night.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata) interacts


Matt Smith's picture

Burnet Moth ??

I'm not sure what this one is, but one thing I am sure about is that it is not a Six-spot Burnet Moth. Right sort of "black and yellow" colour, but the Burnet has a double row of black spots on the dorsal surface, this has a single row. Habitat and time of year are wrong as well, Burnet larvae feed on legumes are are around May/June time.

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Martin Harvey's picture


charlieb, are you sure about the "Clouded" bit? Looks more like straightforward Magpie Moth to me!

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charlieb's picture

Yes I did mean "The Magpie".

Yes I did mean "The Magpie". Slip of the finger there... whoops!

Kluut's picture

Agreed Martin