Can anyone identify these caterpillars?

To: Nick Payne <>, canberra birds <>
Subject: Can anyone identify these caterpillars?
From: David Nicholls <>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 15:28:44 +1000
I'd be very interested to know what they are, too. I first saw them digging holes on a dirt path to the NE corner of the ANU in about 1966, and have always wondered about them.


Nick Payne wrote:
This afternoon, while walking across the oval between Blaxland Crescent and the Griffith shops, about every five or ten metres I came across one of these caterpillars, each of them busy digging itself a hole. Every 20 seconds or so the caterpillar would back out of the hole, deposit a small ball of dirt, and head down the hole again to grub out some more. Average body length around 3.5-4cm.

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