- This page contains pictures and information about Tussock Caterpillars and
Moths that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- White Tussock Moth I
- Laelia obsoleta, body
length 20mm, female, male
- From reference information, the caterpillars and cocoons
have been found on grass, but still not very sure their food-plants. The
male has the very large bipectinate antennae. More information can be found
in this page.
- Painted Pine Moth, White spotted Tussock Moth
- Orgyia australis, Caterpillar length
Male, wingspan 25mm
- We found this Painted Pine Moth Caterpillar feeding on Camellia flower on
late Spring. They also feed on Wattle leaf. Some of their females are
wingless. More information please click here.
- Brown Tussock Moth
- Olene mendosa, caterpillar length
- The Brown Tussock Moth caterpillar is hairy. It has four
tussocks of hair on its back make it look like a toothbrush. We found this Brown Tussock
Moth caterpillar in early spring in a front yard in a Brisbane suburb. We took it home to see
what it would look like
when it became a moth. To see the detail information please click on here.
- White Tussock Moth II
- Euproctis melanosoma, caterpillar length 20mm
- The caterpillar was found on bauhinia leaf in a front yard in
Yeerongpilly during mid summer. It was black in colour with black and orange
hairs. There are a red dot and some white hairs on its thorax. Two days later
it pupate between leaves. About two weeks a little white hairy moth came
out from the pupa. For more information and pictures please click here.
- Yellow Tussock Moth
- Euproctis lutea, body length 25mm
- We often see this moth resting on leaf in our backyard. The moth is hairy
and bright yellow in colour with white wavy lines on wings. The hairy caterpillar is
black with a white line along the back of the abdomen. There is also a white
spot on its thorax. Check this page for
- 1. LYMANTRIIDAE
of Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2008.
- 2. Moths
of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press,
- 3. Moths
of Australia - Bernard D'Abrera, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1974,
- 4. A
Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards, CSIRO
PUBLISHING, 2007, p178.
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