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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. <br />
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. <br />
The whole structure is about 25mm long. <br />
On a Corymbia maculata trunk in a local nature reserve.<br />
The male moth can be seen here...<br />
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This is the male. The female, cocoon and eggs are here...<br />
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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...

Clouded footman (Anestia ombrophanes) Found at night in a local national park.<br />
This is the male. The female, cocoon and eggs are here...<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/37371/clouded_footman_cocoon_eggs_anestia_ombrophanes.html Anestia ombrophanes,Australia,Fall,Geotagged

    comments (7)

    1. Yes some of those are superb geometry.. mostly silk of course. I would love to see how the really furry caterpillar here plucks it's own hairs to build this. I'll have to look a 'lists' here.. it might be nice to do 'maths/geometry in nature'
      Posted 3 years ago
      1. Oh yes, I have several lists in mind for all the new Australian species, haven't had time for it yet. Posted 3 years ago
  1. Exquisitely awesome, and so unique: http://australianmuseum.net.au/anestia-ombrophanes
    This life cycle is so stunning... it appears that early after it hatches from pupae it starts to lay eggs, most of them infertile, unless a male rush to copulate so that the eggs could be fertilized. I've read it here: http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/arct/ombroph.html Great capture and a great find indeed! Cheers*
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I revisited her 2 days after she started laying and she was up top waving her abdomen in the air... ahhh the struggles of nature. Posted 3 years ago
      1. :D Quite typical of the Lepidoptera Order eheheh :) Posted 3 years ago
  2. Great example of the small wonders of nature! Posted 3 years ago

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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

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Mark Ridgway
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By Mark Ridgway

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Uploaded Apr 1, 2016. Captured Jan 31, 2015 01:45 in 30 Forest Oak Dr, Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, Australia.
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  • 7.29mm