Notodontid Moths
Gum Notodontid Moth
Banksia Notodontid Moth
Wattle Notodontid Moth
Processionary Caterpillar 
Brown Ring Epicoma Moth
Yellow Spot Epicoma Moth
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White Epicoma Moth
Sparshalli Moth
Unknown Notodontid


Sparshalli Moth - Trichiocercus sparshalli

Family Notodontidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Sparshalli Moths and caterpillars that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Length 40mm 
We found this caterpillar feeding on gum tree leaf during early summer. We took it home and wanted to see what math it would be.
Few days later, it turned into a cacoon. Two to three weeks later, a Tachinid Fly came out instead of a moth from the cacoon. The Tachinid Fly came out directly, not the fly larvae as in most other case. Only one fly came out and it was dark grey in colour 10mm in body length, look exactly as the Tachinid Flies that parasite on Crow and Wanderer butterflies, although a bit larger in size.
From reference, adult moths are white in colour with black hair covered the head.
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1. Trichiocercus sparshalli (Curtis, 1830) - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2008.  


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