White spotted tussock moth

Photo: Harum Koh, Flicker

Photo: Harum Koh, Flicker

  • Medium sized moth with a wingspan of 25-40 mm
  • Larvae are up to 30 mm long and have distinctive white tufts of hair and orange stripes along each side of the body
  • Larvae feed on a range of hosts including softwoods and hardwoods
  • Larvae can cause significant defoliation

High priority pest of: Plantation forestry

Scientific name: Orgyia thyellina
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Butterflies & moths (LEPIDOPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol