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Emperor Gum Caterpillar

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By Dwyllis


Emperor Gum Caterpillar

As a young child growing up in NZ, this caterpillar absolutely fascinated me & I would frequently go in search of it with a brother 2 years older than me. It is found in the emperor gum tree, which is similar in looks to the Australian Eucalyptus. The caterpillar is a wonderful torquoise colour with spikes all over it which have different colour dots on the ends. It is around 3 inches in length. Truly magical, & when it goes into its cocoon stage, the cocoon is rock hard & brown, out of which eventually comes the emperor gum moth, which really is nothing exciting at all.



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He is rather handsome isnt he?

10 Nov, 2011

 

Couldn't tell which end was which, then I noticed the eaten leaf!!

12 Nov, 2011

 

LOL! Is difficult, I admit ... the nibbled leaf does give it away.

12 Nov, 2011



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