Spencer & Gillen

A journey through Aboriginal Australia

Stinging Caterpillar, Lalkara


Lalkara W (FJG) Lalkarra. Green leaf-eating stinging caterpillar. (Wilkins) Lalkira — A grub which gives its name to a totemic group. Arunta tribe. (NorTCA, glossary) "...in the Alcheringa, the lalkira, a grub, changed its skin and so turned into a white cockatoo. What this had to do with the giving of fire we could not understand..." (NorTCA, 214)

Totem Details

Common Name
Stinging Caterpillar
Arrernte Name
Alternative Spellings