It takes all kinds to make a good garden – but this kind i would happily do without!
This is the caterpillar of a White Cedar Moth (Leptocneria reducta) and are some 1.25 – 1.75 inches long! (3-5 cm) whose favourite food is the leaf of a White Cedar or Cape Lilac tree (also known as Chinaberry, Indian or Persian Lilac). To say they are voracious is to vastly understate the obvious as this pic of my recently very healthy and well-foliaged tree shows:
The only good thing i have to say about them is that they were kind enough to leave the berries (which are poisonous to us humans – as is most of this tree) for the Black Cockatoos that use the tree as a lunch stop. (You can see them and how the tree USED to look here).
They eat at night and mostly sleep during the day but when shooting the recent lunar eclipse i could hear the remnants of the leaves and branches they were munching falling to the grass from 30 ft (10 m) away.
It did produce a rather unusual photograph or 4 though…
Sadly they don’t only come out at a full moon but every night for 6-7 months of the year – in waves (5-6 generations). 😦
I’m sure some of you can relate all too well?