Mar 30, 2012

A large caterpillar

The large caterpillar we found on open day has been identified for us by Don Herbison-Evans. It is the "common anthelid moth", Anthelida canescens.
Like so much of Australian wildlife, it is not completely studied, with the only known host plant being Cadarghi, Corymbia torreliana. In Franke Scrub, it probably breeds on the gum-topped box, Eucalyptus moluccana - the only Eucalyptus in the scrub.
The caterpillars turn into large moths, with the females having a 7cm wingspan.
see also Brisbane moths

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