Mnesampela privataCommon name: Autumn gum moth
Distribution: This caterpillar has been found over most of Australia.
Description: This caterpillar was approximately 3 centimetres long. It eats species of Eucalyptus.
The moth that this caterpillar turns into has a wing length (nose to wing tip) of approximately 2 centimetres.
Associations: Eucalyptus species.
Remarks: Caterpillars shelter in curled up dying leaves.
These caterpillars were photographed in July on Eucalyptus rudis.
References: Identification courtesy of Terry Houston, WA Museum.
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