Tussock Moths
White Tussock Moth I
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Unknown Caterpillar 1


White Tussock Moth I - Laelia obsoleta

Family Lymantriidae

This page contains information and pictures about White Tussock Moths that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Male, wingspan 30mm
This moth is creamy white in colour with a yellow abdomen. Head and legs are covered with white hairs.
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From reference information, the caterpillars and cocoons have been found on grass, but still not very sure their food-plants. 
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The male has the very large bipectinate antennae. 
Above pictures were taken on Sep and Dec 2005.

1. Laelia obsoleta (Fabricius, 1775) - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2008.
2. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p428, fig43.3.

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