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.
Tussock Moth Caterpillar 
Lymantriidae is a medium size family in the Moth and Butterfly Order Lepidoptera. They are commonly called Tussock Moths.  
Tussock Moths in this family are are from small to medium in size with furry hairy body. They are short lived, mouth parts are poorly developed and do not feed at all. They held their board wings root-like over their abdomen when rest. They are usually active at night.
The Tussock Caterpillars in family LYMANTRIIDAE are usually hairy, often with four distinct tussocks of hairs on their back make them look like a toothbrush.  
More information about Tussock Caterpillars and Moths can be found in this Biology page.

Tussock Moths


Tussock Caterpillars 


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. 
5. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
6. Moths of Victoria: part two, Tiger moths and allies Noctuoidea (A) - Peter Marriott, Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009.   

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