Peppermint looper (Paralaea beggaria)
This little caterpillar was swinging on it's own bungee cord from a large gum tree.
Crazy-paved pink/purple head shield. About 20mm long.
Found in a local sports nature reserve.
Highly variable as larvae.. good description here...
When young, these Caterpillars are prettily striped. The green dorsal surface has broad dorsal and ventro-lateral stripes that are black and dotted with white. The sides are creamy yellow with a brown lateral stripe. The ventral surface is green. The brick-red head and tail segment adds to the striking appearance of the caterpillar.
The mature caterpillars have a number of colour forms. Most have a green dorsal surface and blue-green ventral surface, which are separated by a yellow lateral.. more