Leptocneria Reducta (The white cedar moth)

The white cedar moth (Leptocneria reducta) is a moth of the Lymantriidae family. It is found in all of Australia, except Tasmania.

Leptocneria Reducta (white cedar moth)

The wingspan is about 45 mm for females and 35 mm for males.
The larvae feed on Melia azedarach. The caterpillars live communally.

Leptocneria Reducta (white cedar moth) 2

They come out of hiding in the evening when they swarm the tree trunk and the branches to get to the leaves, which they eat.

Leptocneria Reducta (white cedar moth) 3

The caterpillars feed communally until the tree becomes defoliated. At this point they will start searching for a new host, sometimes invading buildings in their search.
The caterpillars are covered in bristles, inducing an allergic reaction (Urticaria) with some people.

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