WARNING: Painful sting from caterpillar hairs.
Scientific Name: Calcarifera ordinata
Common Name(s): Wattle Cup Caterpillar Moth
Other Names: Spitfire (generic)
Species: C. ordinata
Distribution: Northern Australia
Habitat: On or near suitable food plants. Some Acacia, Jacksonia, Phoenix, Leptosperm, Citrus,
Rosa and Atalaya species.
Field Notes: Adult moth, wingspan app 30mm.
Creamy brown with white dots on forewings.
Caterpillars striking yellow, blue and orange to 30mm lenght. Tufts of stinging hairs on body.
Forms silk coccoon on leaf.
Sources: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcarifera_ordinata
Brisbane Insects http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisb.../WattleCup.htm
Photos by Hairyman