White Tussock Moth
(previously known as Euproctis chionitis)
LYMANTRIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
early instar (magnified)
(Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Maleny, Queensland)
Early instars of these Caterpillars are hairy and pale yellow with a dark brown head, and brown patches behind the thorax and on the tail. The hairs are particularly dense on the tail.
Later instars are grey with a pair of hair pencils, one each side of the head. There are yellow patches on the thorax and a dorsal red spot on each of the antepenultimate two abdominal segments.
The adult moths are white, except that the females have a yellow brush on the tail. The antennae appear to be paler than those of the similar Acyphas semiochrea.
The wingspan of a male is about 3 cms. The wingspan of a female is about 3.5 cms.
The eggs are spherical and pale green. They are laid in untidy clusters, and covered in hairs from the tip of the female's abdomen.
The species is found in :
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.
(updated 27 May 2010, 2 February 2020, 11 March 2021, 31 January 2022)