Painted Acacia Moth, Orgyia anartoides
Late March 2019
Image by Elaine McDonald, used with permission.
Wingless female reared from larva
Late instar larva
31st August 2019
Cocoon formed 2nd September 2019
Wingless female moth emerges 16th September (14 days after pupation)
20th September 2019 (18 days after pupation)
The wingless female was left outdoors so that she would be able to pheromone and invite males for fertilisation, but unknown if successful. She layed eggs, but they do that no matter what. She and her eggs were transported back to the tree where the reared larva was originally found.