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Head of Gum leaf Sceletoniser - Uraba lugens Each time after each moult the head capsual remains on top of the caterpilars head instead of being shed with the rest of the caterpilars skin. As this caterpilar appearantly sheds its skin 11 times it will at the end have 10 or 11 head skin capsuals on its head .  Uraba lugens Click/tap to enlarge

Head of Gum leaf Sceletoniser - Uraba lugens

Each time after each moult the head capsual remains on top of the caterpilars head instead of being shed with the rest of the caterpilars skin. As this caterpilar appearantly sheds its skin 11 times it will at the end have 10 or 11 head skin capsuals on its head .

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  1. Wow! That is wild! Posted 2 years ago
  2. Hi Ernst. I'd love to licence this image for use in a YouTube video. Apologies for the strange way of contacting you, I can't find another way! You can email me at stevemould@gmail.com. Many thanks! Posted 9 months ago

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''Uraba lugens'', the gum-leaf skeletoniser, is a moth of the family Nolidae. It is found in Australia and New Zealand. The larvae are a serious pest of ''Eucalyptus'' species and their close relatives. The wingspan is 25–30 mm. In Australia there are about one or two generations per year.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Ernst
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Uploaded Oct 18, 2018. Captured Mar 7, 2016 16:02.
  • Canon EOS 700D
  • f/10.0
  • 1/41s
  • ISO800
  • 55mm