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Doratifera vulnerans

Mottled Cup Moth

These Caterpillars sting. The caterpillars of this species vary in colour from green through grey to red, but all have a pair of yellow and green saddle-like marks on the back which often have a white arc at each end, and a black outline. On the thorax and last two segments are raised knobs: four at each end. Coloured  stinging hairs are protruded from these when the caterpillar is disturbed.The adults have a dark brown abdomen and mottled brown wings. Each forewing has a pale grey terminal area and an indistinct pale discal spot. The hindwings are uniformly light brown. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms. The species has been found in Queensland,  New South Wales,  Victoria, and  Western Australia.

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Doratifera vulnerans (Mottled Cup Moth) at Murrumbateman, NSW - 16 Mar 2021 by SimoneC Doratifera vulnerans (Mottled Cup Moth) at Crooked Corner, NSW - 5 Mar 2021 by Milly Doratifera vulnerans (Mottled Cup Moth) at Murrumbateman, NSW - 30 Jan 2021 by SimoneC Doratifera vulnerans (Mottled Cup Moth) at Murrumbateman, NSW - 17 Jan 2021 by SimoneC
Doratifera vulnerans (Mottled Cup Moth) at Murrumbateman, NSW - 16 Mar 2021 by SimoneC
Doratifera vulnerans (Mottled Cup Moth) at Crooked Corner, NSW - 5 Mar 2021 by Milly
Doratifera vulnerans (Mottled Cup Moth) at Murrumbateman, NSW - 30 Jan 2021 by SimoneC
Doratifera vulnerans (Mottled Cup Moth) at Murrumbateman, NSW - 17 Jan 2021 by SimoneC

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Species information

  • Doratifera vulnerans Scientific name
  • Mottled Cup Moth Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive
  • 589.646m to 593.33m Recorded at altitude
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