Some Caterpillars of LYMANTRIIDAE in Australia
Tussock Moths
NOCTUOIDEA
 
  Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

LYMANTRIIDAE

eggs
  
LYMANTRIIDAE

pupae
 
LYMANTRIIDAE

moths
 
LYMANTRIIDAE

undersides
  
LYMANTRIIDAE

females

Many of the Caterpillars of LYMANTRIIDAE are very colourful and hairy. However hairs of many species cause skin irritation in some people (Urticaria and Dendrolimiasis).

If you or people in your family are sensitive, you will have to be vigilant and collect any larvae that you see into say a jam jar for transport a long way away. Killing in situ or even burning them is hazardous as the hairs from the dead larvae can blow about and cause more inflammation.

The moths in the family are commonly called Tussock Moths because the caterpillars of many members have four long dense dorsal tufts of hair. Many also have other hair pencils on the head and/or tail. The caterpillars also have two coloured dorsal glands on abdominal segments six and seven. These glands appear to exude a liquid which deters ants from attacking the caterpillars.


Acyphas semiochrea

Acyphas species

Calliteara farenoides

Calliteara pura

Euproctis edwardsii

Euproctis lutea

Euproctis melanosoma

Leptocneria reducta

Olene mendosa

Orgyia australis

Orvasca aliena

Orvasca semifusca

Psalis pennatula

Teia anartoides

Teia athlophora

Urocoma baliolalis


unidentifed A

unidentifed B

unidentifed C

unidentifed D

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(updated 31 May 2014, 27 May 2017)