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
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!
When they are fully
developed, the caterpillars form cocoons that resemble gumnuts. The cocoon is
about 1 cm long.