Tussock Moths
White Tussock Moth I
Painted Pine Moth
Brown Tussock Moth
White Tussock Moth II
Yellow Tussock Moth
Unknown Tussock Caterpillars
Unknown Caterpillar 1


Tussock Moths - Family Lymantriidae

This page contains pictures and information about Tussock Caterpillars and Moths that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

White Tussock Moth I
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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
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Orgyia australis, Caterpillar length 30mm            Wingless female                                                   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
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Olene mendosa, caterpillar length 40mm              Cocoon                                                                Wingspan 30mm
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
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Euproctis melanosoma, caterpillar length 20mm   Cocoon                                                               Wingspan 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
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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 details.

1. LYMANTRIIDAE of Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2008. 
2. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p425.
3. Moths of Australia - Bernard D'Abrera, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1974, p71.
4. A Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2007, p178. 


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Last updated: October 26, 2011.