Oligeria hemicalla (Lower, 1905)
Tiny Tussock Moth
(previously known as : Orgyia hemicalla)
LYMANTRIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Oligeria hemicalla
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Mt. Dandenong, Victoria)

The adult male moth is dark brown except for a broad orange margin on each hindwing. It has a wingspan of about 2 cms. The female is brown and hairy, with a length of about 1 cm. She is cylindrical and has vestigial wings and cannot fly.

Oligeria hemicalla
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The moths seem to prefer the vicinity of a creek. The species has been found in

  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of New Australian Lepidoptera with Synonymic Notes. No. XXIII,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 29 (1905), p. 176.

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


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    (updated 11 April 2011, 21 December 2015)