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Mottled Cup Moth

Doratifera vulnerans

Mottled Cup Moth
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Mottled Cup Moth  Doratifera vulnerans
Mottled Cup Moth
(Doratifera vulnerans)

The Mottled Cup Moth, lay their eggs in a cluster and are covered with hair from the mother moth. When they hatch, the caterpillars eat in a group, and only eat the top surface of the leaves. Later the caterpillars separate, and eat whole leaves.

They may be many different colours, but all have a yellow splotch on each side, surrounded by white and black. They all have a frill of pale spikes around their bodies. When disturbed, the caterpillar raises stinging hairs that grow on spikes. All in all, it is a very good-looking caterpillar!

Images of the Mottled Cup Moth.

Mottled Cup Moth Images
Mottled Cup Moth (Doratifera vulnerans)
Mottled Cup Moth (Doratifera vulnerans) - Photo: Katrina   2005 Mottled Cup Moth (Doratifera vulnerans) - Photo: Katrina   2005 Mottled Cup Moth (Doratifera vulnerans) - Photo: Katrina   2005 Mottled Cup Moth (Doratifera vulnerans) - Photo: Katrina   2005
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