Cadmus (Cadmus) australis

Cadmus (Cadmus) australis
February 2010
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
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March 2012
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
After mating the males die.   The females continue feeding and then lay single eggs.
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Mid February 2014
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
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Mid March 2018
Mount Field National Park
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Early January 2022
Tarraleah
Female above, male below
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Early January 2022
Tarraleah
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Cadmus australis larvae
Late December 2010
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
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When the eggs  hatch the larvae are coated in faecal bullet-shaped capsules.  The larvae increase the size of the capsule when they need to, and use them as a protective cover as they feed on vegetation on the ground.  When they are ready to pupate, they simple close off the capsule.  These larvae were on a path for a number of weeks.

   

Early February 2013
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
Two individuals

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