Trichiocercus sparshalli

Meaning of name: Unknown

Distribution: Found throughout Australia.

Description: This caterpillar grows to approximately 4 centimetres long when fully grown. The ones shown here are yellow but they can also have white, black, brown or red hairs. They often have a tuft of longer hairs sticking up behind the head.

Notes: The caterpillars pupate in a silk cocoon in the debris on the ground. The emerging moths are usually white, but can be grey. They have a wing length (nose to wingtip) of approximately 2 centimetres. The male moths have a tuft of long pale hair on the end of their abdomen.

We have seen this caterpillar in September.

See the moth –

References: Atlas of Living Australia

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