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  Tussock Moth (Lymantriidae family )





Tussock Moth | Lymantriidae family  photo
Tussock Moths have a furry appearance.

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Tussock Moth | Lymantriidae family  photo
Close up of Tussock Moth showing long hair-like scales.

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TUSSOCK MOTH FACTS

Identification
Tussock Moths are fairly large moths with body covered in long scales that look like hair or fur. The wings are held back either flat or in a roof shape. The antennae are tucked back alongside the wings. The caterpillars are usually hairy, with tussocks of hair on their back. The hair can cause irritation to the skin if the caterpillar is handled.

Size
25mm

Breeding
females are ready to lay eggs when they emerge from the pupa



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Lymantriidae
Genus:Lymantriidae family
Species:
Common Name:Tussock Moth