Omnivorous Tussock Moth

Acyphas semiochrea (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)

A common moth around the area often seen on the Coastal Wattles (Acacia longifolia sophorae)

How to identify Acyphas semiochrea?

Adult females are white and have an orange tuft on the tail. Males are also white but sometimes have a dark mark at the tornus of each forewing or a broad dark band along the margin of each forewing. The hairs around the thorax are sometimes yellowish. Sometimes the black skin of the thorax and/or abdomen shows through between the white hairs.

The caterpillars are brown and hairy, with a pencil of black hairs each side of its head and a hairy tail.

What habitats does Acyphas semiochrea live in?

Can be found amongst Acacia, Eucalyptus, Pultenaea, Dodonaea, Choretrum, Myoporum species and also pine plantations.

What is the distribution of Acyphas semiochrea?

It is found along most of the coast of Australia, including from WA To Qld including around Tasmania

How big does Acyphas semiochrea grow?

The wingspan is about 30 mm

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