Acyphas chionitis (Turner, 1902)
White Tussock Moth
(previously known as Euproctis chionitis)
LYMANTRIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Acyphas chionitis
male
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 2)

The adult moth is white, except the female has a yellow brush on the tail.

Acyphas chionitis
female
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 2)

The wingspan of a male is about 3 cms. The wingspan of a female is about 3.5 cms.

Acyphas chionitis
female
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The species is found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott ,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 16-19.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Descriptions of New Lepidoptera from Queensland,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 177.


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    (updated 27 May 2010)