Definition of tussock moth in English:

tussock moth


  • A woodland moth whose adults and brightly coloured caterpillars both bear tufts of irritant hairs. The caterpillars can be a pest of trees, damaging fruit and stripping leaves.

    Family Lymantriidae: many genera

    • ‘The present species belonging to the very extensive Scelionid genus Telenomus was reared from eggs of two species of Tussock moths and sent to me by the Gypsy Moth parasitological laboratory of the U. S. Bureau of Entomology at Melrose Highlands, Mass.’