Off topic: Chelepteryx collesi Gray - Australian Museum

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From: Bronwyn King <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 06:37:50 +0000
Thanks for showing us the painting Rosemary.  The caterpillars are very arresting - I'm glad to hear you found one in Melba.
I collected a Chelepteryx collesi caterpillar once in our garden and kept it in a large ex-fishtank until it emerged as a moth. 
I think you might enjoy these photos of it.  There's quite a large fly next to the caterpillar for scale.


On 3/01/2016 4:32 PM, Rosemary Blemings wrote:
A rather beautiful painting to illustrate the identity of huge caterpillars some may have come across.
One almost distracted us from Superb Parrot observations above Bainton Crescent's fruitful gardens on the Melba side of Mt Rogers yesterday. 
A caterpillar to photograph rather than touch as the bristly hairs have a chemical deterrent.


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