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White Tussock Moth - Euproctis melanosoma

Family Lymantriidae

This page contains pictures and information about White Tussock Moths that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Length 20mm.
The caterpillar was found on Bauhinia leaf in a front yard in Yeerongpilly during mid summer 2004. It was black in colour with black and orange hairs. There were red dots and white hairs on its thorax. 
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Pupa                                                                      Adult wingspan 20mm 
Two days later the caterpillar pupated between leaves. About two weeks later a little white hairy moth came out from the pupa. 
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Found this moth resting on tree trunk in Karawatha Forest Nov 2008. 

1. Moths of Australia - Bernard D'Abrera, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1974, p71 (Pothesia melanosoma
2. Euproctis melanosoma (Butler, 1882) - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2007.


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