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Caterpillar ID
I was hoping you could help me identify these two caterpillars. The brown and green coloured ones (I assume two colour variations of the same species) are on a Taro plant. The tiny caterpillar with the egg is a freshly hatched caterpillar of the same species. The second caterpillar is on a small fig tree. I was thinking perhaps it could be related to a Monarch as they were the most similar pictures i could find. I am located in the Brisbane area, Queensland. By the way, love your site. Do you know of any good Australian caterpillar/butterfly Id sites? I have done lot’s of searching but haven’t come across anything anywhere near as good as this site. Thanks for your help!

Hi Rebecca,
The brown and green Sphinx Moth caterpillars will be very difficult for us to get a species identification, and we cannot spend the hours of online searching it will take. You will have to be satisfied with just the family Sphingidae. The gloriously beautiful Danainae caterpillar is related to the Monarch. It is the Common Australian Crow, Euploea core corinna. Your caterpillar photo is stunning. Regarding a good site for Australian Butterflies, try http://www.geocities.com/brisbane_butters/index.html though we here at What’s That Bug? are seriously thinking of applying for grant money to set up What’s That Australian Bug? or What’s That Bug Down Under? since we get so many fabulous letters from Australia with wonderful photos. Sadly, right now it is just a thought.

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4 Responses to Common Crow Caterpillar from Australia

  1. leanne says:

    Hi I have two weeping figs in pots on my front patio and they are being eaten by several common crow caterpillars…..what do I do…let them destroy the plants or pick them off and place them somewhere else?? I dont want to be cruel as i love butterflies but are going to strip my plants bare!!not to mention all the poop they are leaving behind!

    • bugman says:

      You are asking the wrong resource for advice on this matter because we would leave the caterpillars. We doubt they will defoliate the weeping figs. Figs are very resilient and any leaves lost by getting eaten will quickly grow back. The poop will fertilize the plant.

  2. Cherryl says:

    Have these beauties on my fig, gardenias and now on my herbs.
    Whilst they do eat the leaves, my plants are all so healthy tbey grow right back.
    Love having them around:)

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