Image: Emperor Gum caterpillar

Emperor Gum caterpillar

This spectacular caterpillar is found in eastern Australian forests and feeds mostly on eucalypt leaves. It may remain for a year or more in its tough cocoon until the conditions are suitable for the moth to emerge. The moths are a soft pink-fawn colour and have feather-duster antennae.

Winner Open category 2003.

Elizabeth Tasker
© Elizabeth Tasker

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