tussock moth


tussock moth


Definition of TUSSOCK MOTH

:  any of numerous dull-colored moths (family Lymantriidae) that usually have wingless females and larvae with long tufts of hair

First Known Use of TUSSOCK MOTH


tussock moth

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Typical member of the small European and New World lepidopteran family Liparidae (formerly Lymantriidae). The large, hairy larvae of most species have hair tufts, or tussocks; many have stinging hairs. Several species, including the gypsy moth, browntail moth, satin moth, and nun moth, damage trees. The larvae feed on foliage, sometimes foraging from a silken tent or a colonial nest of webbed leaves. Larvae pupate in a cocoon attached to a tree branch or trunk. Adult females range from white to brown; some, such as the white-marked tussock moth, are wingless. See also moth.


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