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Orgyia anartoides

1 Painted Apple Moth at suppressed

Orgyia anartoides at suppressed - 15 Jan 2023
Orgyia anartoides at suppressed - 15 Jan 2023
Orgyia anartoides at suppressed - 15 Jan 2023
Orgyia anartoides at suppressed - 15 Jan 2023
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Identification history

Orgyia anartoides 14 Jan 2023 donhe
Orgyia anartoides 14 Jan 2023 ibaird
Unidentified 14 Jan 2023 arjay

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Just added some better photos of the earlier instar.


arjay wrote:
   14 Jan 2023
Sorry this one isn't the case moth. This is possibly the caterpillar that skeletonises apple tree leaves. It looks different to photos taken the other day so may not be the same. Or may just have progressed. It is certainly slightly larger.
Hopefully there is enough detail to identify it.
donhe wrote:
   14 Jan 2023
yes: same species, later instar.
arjay wrote:
   15 Jan 2023
That's what I figured. Interesting though that the earlier instar was a skeletonising caterpillar. The current one is just chomping on the whole leaf. And will its next incarnation eat the apples?
And yes I find behaviour and physiology more interesting than taxonomy. But you need to know what you are looking at as well as what it is doing.

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Species information

  • Orgyia anartoides Scientific name
  • Painted Apple Moth Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 15 Jan 2023 01:53 PM Recorded on
  • arjay Recorded by

Additional information

  • Apple tree Associated plant
  • 12mm to 25mm Animal size
  • Alive / healthy Animal health

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