Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Painted apple moth caterpillar

Teia anartoides Walker

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lymantriidae

Size range

  • About 40 mm long


  • Southern Australia
  • Found in Glendene, Auckland in 1999

Life History

  • Small moth, wingspan 22 mm
  • A spray programme to eradicate it is underway
  • Pest of many horticultural and forest trees
  • Caterpillars eat foliage of a wide range of plants especially wattles

Further information

  • More about the painted apple moth on the MAF website.  

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