Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Gum leaf skeletoniser caterpillar

Uraba lugens Walker

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nolidae

Size range

  • Medium sized caterpillar, 20–30 mm.


  • Australian, first recorded in New Zealand in 1997.

Life History

  • Moth, wingspan 50 mm.
  • Eggs laid in parallel lines on both surfaces of gum leaf.
  • Caterpillars often have a distinctive ‘cap’ of discarded head capsules.
  • Caterpillar hairs may cause irritation to human skin.
  • Damage to leaves of Eucalyptus, by skeletonising and defoliation

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