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White Tussock Moth - Euproctis melanosoma

Family Lymantriidae

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

Length 20mm.

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We found this black Tussock Moths caterpillar on a Citrus tree on Nov 2002 in Botanic Garden. We tried to raise it but did not success. 

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The caterpillar was found on Bauhinia leaf in a front yard in Yeerongpilly during mid summer 2004. It was black in colour with black and orange hairs. There were red dots and white hairs on its thorax. 
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Two days later the caterpillar pupated between leaves. About two weeks later a little white hairy moth came out from the pupa. 

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We found this caterpillar on a garden plant of a front yard on Apr 2005. We collected the caterpillar and some leaves as its food. A few days later it pupated on the food plant leaves. However, the moth never came out . . . . . . .

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Found this moth resting on tree trunk in Karawatha Forest Nov 2008. 
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1. Moths of Australia - Bernard D'Abrera, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1974, p71 (Pothesia melanosoma
2. Euproctis melanosoma (Butler, 1882) - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2007.


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