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Wattle Notodontid Moth - Neola semiaurata

Family Notodontidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Wattle Notodontid Moths and caterpillars that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Length 40mm
This Caterpillar will raise its head and/or tail when disturbed. It will also display the eye-spots on its tail. The caterpillar is colourful and actively feeding during the day. They feed on leaves of different species of wattle.
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We found this caterpillar feeding on wattle leaves in Karawatha Forest during late summer. The caterpillar is pinkish-brown in colour, covered with sparse short hairs. 
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As other caterpillars in the family Notodontidiae, when disturbed, the caterpillar raised its head. Near its end, there are a pair of eye spots which can open and close. 
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They pupate in cocoon on ground under plant materials. The adult moth is dull brown in colour. We did not find any yet. 

1. Neola semiaurata Walker, 1855 - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2009.
2. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p421.


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