Ochrogaster lunifer

Ochrogaster lunifer

Ochrogaster lunifer

(Bag Shelter Moth, Processionary Caterpillars)

FAMILY

Notodontidae

Species

Ochrogaster lunifer

Common name

Bag Shelter Moth, Processionary Caterpillars

Main colour

Brown, hindwing paler

Size

Wingspan to 5.5 cm.

Campus

Townsville

Description

Do no touch moth or caterpillars! The adult moth has a wingspan to 5.5 cm and a woolly appearance, wings are brown, hindwing paler, abdomen is banded, yellow, and dark tan with a tuft of white hairs at the end. The larvae have a brown head, the body is grey with dark bands and numerous long, white irritant hairs. They live inside a brown silken bag and come out at night to feed on host plants chiefly wattles and Grevillea striata (Beefwood). When traveling from tree to tree they form a procession.