FW: Caterpillar-eating

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Subject: FW: Caterpillar-eating
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2009 19:35:53 +1000

This might be of interest to some others.  Who said there are no more all-round field naturalists?


From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Saturday, 29 August 2009 10:38 AM
To: 'Steve Holliday'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Leo's you-know-what [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Thanks Steve.  The third picture on that site looks almost exactly the same, even to the dark tip on the horn.  If there are ‘many’ could account in part for attractiveness of that block.  g


From: Steve Holliday [
Sent: Saturday, 29 August 2009 8:28 AM
To: 'Geoffrey Dabb'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Leo's you-know-what [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Could well be Plesanemma fucata, not a hawkmoth as their pointy bit comes off the rear end and not the head, as in this beastie.




From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Friday, 28 August 2009 5:29 PM
To: 'Steve Holliday'; 'Perkins, Harvey'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Leo's you-know-what [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Yes well, it’s a bit of a challenge but at the largest size and resolution I can clearly see quite a large orange appendage and small pinkish spots, some larger and darker.  Overall colour was pale green.  I think this was what I also saw a Fan-tailed Cuckoo eating


larva sequence.jpg


From: Steve Holliday [
Sent: Friday, 28 August 2009 4:45 PM
To: 'Perkins, Harvey'; 'Geoffrey Dabb'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Leo's you-know-what [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Hello chaps


The  pointy bit visible in the photos makes it more likely to be a caterpillar I think, possibly a hawk moth (Sphingidae) – see


The geometrid moth Plesanemma fucata also has a pointy  appendage, it may be the most likely candidate as it feeds on eucalypts  -






From: Perkins, Harvey [
Sent: Friday, 28 August 2009 4:12 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb
Cc: Steve Holliday
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Leo's you-know-what [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]



Looking at the 'caterpillar' in Geoff's photos, it occurs to me that it could be


Any comment Steve?



Harvey Perkins
CRC Strategy and Communication Section
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research



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