Tiny Tussock Moth
(previously known as : Orgyia hemicalla)
LYMANTRIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(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.
The moths seem to prefer the vicinity of a creek. The species has been found in
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.
Moths of Victoria: Part 2,
Tiger Moths and their Allies - Noctuoidea (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 16-19.
(updated 11 April 2011, 21 December 2015)