Painted apple moth

The painted apple moth (Teia anartoides) is a tussock moth native to Australia. It is notable as a pest in pine forests, and is classified as a pest in New Zealand.[1]

Painted apple moth
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Teia
T. anartoides
Binomial name
Teia anartoides
Walker, 1855
  • Teia pusilla Butler, 1882
  • Orgyia phineus Herrich-Schäffer, [1858]
  • Orgyia anartoides

In New Zealand, controversy over an aerial spraying programme arose when an outbreak of the moth was identified in Auckland.

See also


  1. Biosecurity New Zealand, Painted Apple Moth Retrieved November 2007

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