Clouded footman ♀, cocoon, eggs (Anestia ombrophanes)
An oval shaped open-weave cocoon made from the hairs of a very hairy caterpillar. The remains of the pupal sheath can be seen within the cocoon.
After the wingless female moth (top, left on matrix) has pupated she emerged to lay her tiny, pearly eggs all over the matrix and died when finished.
The whole structure is about 25mm long.
On a Corymbia maculata trunk in a local nature reserve.
The male moth can be seen here...
The Clouded Footman is a moth of the Arctiidae family. It is known from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria.
The wingspan is about 20 mm. Adult males have black and white forewings and plain pale yellow hindwings. Females are wingless.
The larvae feed on lichens. They are grey and black, with orange spots on the sides and yellow speckles on the back and underside. There are two pale yellow lines running along the back... more