Chinese Dragon Caterpillar

The Painted Cup Moth Doratifera oxleyi is quite common and its caterpillars may be found in great numbers feeding on the leaves of the Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis).  The two shield-shaped markings at each end of the upper body each surround four yellow-tipped knobs from which stinging hairs can be raised if disturbed. The adult moths are dimorphic (the sexes differ), The females are heavy-set orange-bodied … Continue reading Chinese Dragon Caterpillar