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Snout Moths - FAMILY Lasiocampidae 

This page contains pictures and information about moths and caterpillars in family Lasiocampidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Lasiocampid Caterpillar 
The Caterpillars of this family are medium to large size, usually have flat body. Some are smooth, and some are hairy. Most have a pair of dorsal glands on abdomen. Many have flaps of skin overhanging their prolegs and they like to lie along twigs. They pupate in silk cocoon.
The adult moths are large, hairy and stout, have elongated mouth parts, which makes them look like they have long noses, hence their name "Snout Moths". The males are fast-flying moths while the females have larger sluggish body. When rest, they like to hide their antenna under wings. They are mainly active at night. 

Gum Snout Moth
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Entometa fervens, caterpillar length 60mm, adult wingspan 60mm, subfamily LASIOCAMPINAE
This is a large caterpillar has a pair of dorsal glands on abdominal segment eight and a pair of erectile on the metathorax. The caterpillar feeds on Eucalyptus. The adult moth is  pale brown in colour with brawn dots pattern. Its hind wings are pale orange. It has a snout body. More pictures and information please click on here
Brown Snout Moth
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Entometa, apicalis,  male wingspan 70mm          female wingspan 90mm
On Jan 2008, we found both male and female moth in the same day in Karawatha Forest. We did not see them at the other time. The adult moths are large, hairy and stout, have elongated mouth parts, which makes them look like they have long noses, hence their name "Snout Moths". Please visit this page for more pictures and information. 
She-Oak Moth Caterpillar
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Pernattia pusilla, subfamily GASTROPACHINAE, length 20mm 
The caterpillar has large head with black and white hair. The body is brown in colour covered with white hair, with two small red knobs on the back of each segment. There are the black tuft of hairs on the back of abdominal segments one and seven. It feeds on various species of She-Oak including Australian Pine. It pupates in a cocoon among the host plant leaves. Both female and male are brown in colour, although look very different.

We found a few caterpillars we believed they are in this family, but cannot identify them yet. Please advise if you know any those caterpillars, thank you.. 
Unknown Lasiocampid Caterpillar 1
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? sp., length 30mm
Unknown Lasiocampid Caterpillar 2
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? sp., length 40mm
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We found and tried to raise this caterpillar a few times but no luck still.
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Pictures taken in Karawatha Forest on Jan 2007. 
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Unknown Lasiocampid Caterpillar 3
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Mar 2008, Mt Coot-tha 
Unknown Lasiocampid Caterpillar 4
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Mar 2008, Bulimba Creek near Wishart bushland
Unknown Lasiocampid Caterpillar 5
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Mar 2008, Karawatha Forest 
Unknown Lasiocampid Caterpillar 6
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Please advise if you know any the above caterpillars, thank you.. 

1. A Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2007, p152. 
2. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p386.
3. LASIOCAMPIDAE of Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2009. 

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