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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Sun 19-Aug-12 11:34 AM
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"Strange metamorphosis?"
Mon 20-Aug-12 04:13 AM by glxman

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Well, to me anyway,
I don't know very much about this small world out there,
I think it is the start of metamorphosis of one of these caterpillars but not totally sure,
Regards,
Gary








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aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006Sun 19-Aug-12 01:59 PM
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Yes, it looks like he is "spinning" his cocoon.

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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Sun 19-Aug-12 11:50 PM
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Tks Alan,
That's what I thought,
I will keep an eye on it and see what happens,
Unfortunately my friend from interstate is going home on Wednesday and taking his AF-S 105 2.8 VR with him ,now I will have to use my 300 f4 and tubes from now on so will have to crop a lot
Regards,
Gary

  

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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Mon 20-Aug-12 04:15 AM
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I have added a new image,
I think this is the final product,
Sorry about the quality,
Been very windy the last few days
Regards,
Gary

  

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AartPapaya Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011Tue 21-Aug-12 06:21 PM
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The reply from Richard. Please try and follow the development of the pupae to the moth. It may take a couple of months. I think Richard will be delighted.

Hi Aart
Just a quick reply as its getting late.
As always wonderful to hear from you and see your great pics. Mate I do envy you your amazing wildlife.


As for the insects yeh the middle photo shows the really nit cocoon the larva spins prior to pupation where it incorporates the urticating hairs from its body into the cocoon for protection. Interestingly I only recall seeing this a couple of times here and recently found a similar cocoon also under construction on a papaya trunk - unfortunately did not have the camera with me at the time. Are you able to confirm whether this moth is the adult from the larva ? because to me it looks like it is from a different family to the larva.
Cheers
Richard

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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Tue 21-Aug-12 11:38 PM
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Hi Aart,
Cannot confirm, could be coincidence? Dont know yet, if they fly out o/night I guess we will never know,
Regards,
Gary

  

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AartPapaya Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011Tue 21-Aug-12 07:44 AM
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Hectorspruit, ZA
          

Thank you for the very interesting shots. I will be surprised if the moth is from the same species. Remember the sequence. Moth, lay its eggs from which a small worm will develop, growing up to a big worm that will metamorphose into a pupae to metamorphose again to become a moth or butterfly. This will often be a seasonal cycle. It can of course be much shorter as tomato-growers will testify with some of their pest. I will post your pictures to an entomologist near Queensland.

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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Tue 21-Aug-12 10:05 AM
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Tks Aart,
I have also lodged them with the Australian museum,
Hopefully they can do some identification for me,
They have always been helpful in the past
Regards,
Gary

  

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