White Stemmed Gum Moth Caterpillar

A white stemmed gum moth caterpillar. I googled and found out that once into a moth, this poor thing will only live a few days. During that time, they mate & lay eggs and don’t eat because they are unable to. They can grow as a moth to 16cm wide and be mistaken for a bat. Very cool discovery.
Super find. The inability to eat is not unusual in moths, their single aim is to go forth & multiply. Some females don't have wings either. They eclose (emerge) a male finds them, they mate, she lays her eggs & dies. Your caterpillar is beautiful.
posted January 14th, 2018  
An interesting find. Thank you for telling us about the moth too.
posted January 14th, 2018  
Lovely capture and great to have the hand to indicate the size. Worth a Fav
posted January 15th, 2018  
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