Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs Butterflies & MothsBag-shelter Moth & Processionary Caterpillar Blue Moon Butterfly Caper White Butterfly, Egg and Instar Chasmina pulchra Cossid Moth (Endoxyla leucomochla) Glasswing (Acraea andromacha) Godart’s Hawkmoth (Agrius godarti) Helicoverpa punctigera Lesser Wanderer (Danaus petilia) Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) Yeperenye / Yipirinya

Amazing to see the “Processionary Caterpillars”, or as they are commonly called “Itchy Grubs” and “fluffy ball of pain”. It is amazing to see their silken woven bag nest hanging in the tree (usually acacias and more rarely on eucalypts).

Processionary Caterpillar (Ochrogaster lunifer), Alice Springs NT
Processionary Caterpillar (Ochrogaster lunifer), Alice Springs NT

They are a social insect, that nest and feed together, then once they strip the tree of leaves, will leave the tree in search of more food, making the familiar sight of caterpillars following each other in a single line, as they search for another suitable shrub or tree.

Processionary Caterpillar (Ochrogaster lunifer), Alice Springs NT
Processionary Caterpillar (Ochrogaster lunifer), Alice Springs NT
Processionary Caterpillar (Ochrogaster lunifer)
Processionary Caterpillar (Ochrogaster lunifer), Alice Springs NT

The female Bag-shelter Moth lay their eggs on trees, usually acacias (wattles) and more rarely on eucalypts.

Bag-shelter Moth (Ochrogaster lunifer), Alice Springs NT
Bag-shelter Moth (Ochrogaster lunifer), Alice Springs NT
Bag-shelter Moth (Ochrogaster lunifer), Alice Springs NT
Bag-shelter Moth (Ochrogaster lunifer), Alice Springs NT
Bag-shelter Moth (Ochrogaster lunifer), Alice Springs NT
Bag-shelter Moth (Ochrogaster lunifer), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Superfamily: Noctuoidea
  • Family: Notodontidae
  • Subfamily: Thaumetopoeinae
  • Genus: Ochrogaster
  • Species: Ochrogaster lunifer

Alice Springs Butterflies & MothsBag-shelter Moth & Processionary Caterpillar Blue Moon Butterfly Caper White Butterfly, Egg and Instar Chasmina pulchra Cossid Moth (Endoxyla leucomochla) Glasswing (Acraea andromacha) Godart’s Hawkmoth (Agrius godarti) Helicoverpa punctigera Lesser Wanderer (Danaus petilia) Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) Yeperenye / Yipirinya

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