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Moths abound yay for moth2fic

We have Emperor Gum Moths in our gum tree. They have huge caterpillars and Finn and Paul found one the other day. These are as big as your middle finger, and they eat like you wouldn't believe!

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The moths are HUGE and pinkish and fluffy. I'll have to Google them for a link
http://www.forestry.sa.gov.au/privateforestry/insect_fact_sheets/Fact_Sheet_html/FHS%2009%20Emperor%20gum%20moth.htm, we don't see them often. But the wetas like to hide in the discarded cocoons *screams*

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greenpizzazz6
Apr. 6th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Sweet pics!!
natesmountain
Apr. 6th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
They're amazing colours, for caterpillars, huh.
greenpizzazz6
Apr. 6th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the colors really struck me. They're very vibrant.
natesmountain
Apr. 7th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
The purply colour on them is the colour I painted Christy's bedroom LOL!
moth2fic
Apr. 6th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Those are huge and beautiful andthe moth sizes are unbelievable!!! And I thought or elephant hawk moth was big!! Thanks for posting!
natesmountain
Apr. 7th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
I thought you'd like them. I wish I could capture a moth, rather than a caterpillar, for a picture, but we hardly ever see them. They are really shy moths and I've only seen two in all the time I've been here.
moth2fic
Apr. 7th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
We don't often see our bigger moths - though we don't have any as big as that! Our elephant hawk moth is the biggest and likes privet hedges as habitat/caterpillar food - I had a pic of one as an icon for a while and only had that because Colin rescued a caterpillar from some children who were trying to make it drink cola, outside our front gate, then it made its chrysalis and we took it to Fledge. It 'hatched' into moth form at her front door, under the little shelter there, so she took a photograph before it flew off. Moths, you know, are quite shy!! And most of them only fly around at dusk unlike the showier butterflies. Fledge tells me some of them are around in the day, too, but aren't usually as brilliantly coloured.
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