Orgyia is a genus of tussock moths of the family Erebidae. The genus was described by Ochsenheimer in 1810. The species are cosmopolitan, except for the Neotropical realm.[1][2][3]

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Orgyia antiqua
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Tribe: Orgyiini
Genus: Orgyia
Ochsenheimer, 1810
  • Notolophus Germar, 1812
  • Orgya Zetterstedt, [1839]
  • Trichosoma Rambur, 1832
  • Micropterogyna Rambur, 1866
  • Apterogynis Guenée, 1875
  • Hemerocampa Dyar, 1897
Orgyia sp.


The male flies during the day. Its palpi are short, porrect (extending forward), and heavily fringed with hair. Antennae with long branches and with long spines at extremities. Legs heavily hairy. Abdomen with a dorsal tuft on second segment. Forewings with vein 9 arising from vein 10 and anastomosing with vein 8 to form an areole. Hindwings with veins 3 and 4 from angle of cell. Vein 5 from just above angle. Vein 6 and 7 stalked.

In the female, the palpi and legs are less hairy. Antennae serrate. Wings aborted, scale-like and covered with hair. Abdomen covered with hair and immensely dilated when full of eggs.[4]



  1. ^ Savela, Markku (July 5, 2019). "Orgyia Ochsenheimer, 1810". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Beccaloni, G.; Scoble, M.; Kitching, I.; Simonsen, T.; Robinson, G.; Pitkin, B.; Hine, A.; Lyal, C., eds. (2003). "Orgyia". The Global Lepidoptera Names Index. Natural History Museum. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  3. ^ Pitkin, Brian & Jenkins, Paul (November 5, 2004). "Orgyia Ochsenheimer, 1810". Butterflies and Moths of the World. Natural History Museum, London. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  4. ^ Hampson, G. F. (1892). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma: Moths Volume I. Taylor and Francis. p. 436 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.