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Bill49 starts with ...
I live in Atherton, QLD.. had not seen this caterpillar before, does anyone know what it is? Many thanks and apologies if this has already been answered here.
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Bill49
Atherton, QLD
9th May 2018 4:25pm
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Danny333 says...
Hi Bill49,

It’s a type of cup moth caterpillar also known as Chinese junk caterpillars. They feed on eucalyptus and macadamia leaves and can give you a very nasty sting from those bristles - I speak from personal experience!

Hope that helps.
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Danny333
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Kath5 says...
I'm pretty confident that it's a cup moth caterpillar.

It looks a lot like this one:
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lima/lozogramma.html
But it doesn't have the red, so maybe it's a different species.
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Kath5
GIRRAWHEEN,6064,WA
10th May 2018 5:25pm
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Julie says...
I have no idea what it is, but that is a beautiful caterpillar! Can you keep it safe somewhere to see what it turns into?
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Bill

The closest I can compare with your caterpillar is the famous saddleback caterpillar native to the USA. They have the same four horns with hairs. The only significant difference is the coloration on the back. There are still thousands of unnamed caterpillars, there is a chance that it is still an unknown cat in Australia.

Happy gardening :-)
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Bill49 says...
Many thanks for the replies and link to info - it's good to know what it is. I'm sure I have seen moths like the one in the photo, but had never seen the caterpillar before.. not knowing what it ate, I put it on a (well nibbled) hibiscus in the yard - hope fully it will survive. It was making its way across the veranda when I saw it.
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Bill49
Atherton, QLD
11th May 2018 2:21pm
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Harry says...
To accurately identify what species it is, I would submit the pictures to MyPestGuide - they offer a free insect / pest identification service in Australia. Also, they have a mobile app which is available from the google play store.
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Mike Tr says...
Cup moth caterpillar and nor really a pest.
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Mike Tr
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