Animal Species:Wedge Footman Calamidia hirta (Walker, 1854)

This large lichen moth rolls its wings around its body in the "footman" style. It has a long north-south distribution on the east coast of Australia, and is also found on Lord Howe Island.

Lithosiinae Calamidia hirta male

D. Britton © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Wedge Footman

Alternative Name/s

Lichen moth

Identification

Males are unmistakable, with elongate forward-pointing labial palps which have a clubbed tip. Females lack the elongate labial palps, and have pale white forewings and cream hindwings. Females might be confused with the pale Hesychopa chionara, but H. chionara has an angular tip on the forewings which are rounded in C. hirta,

Similar Species

Hesychopa chinoara

Distribution

South from Paluma/Atherton to Tasmania, also Lord Howe Island

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Calamidia hirta specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Feeding and Diet

Larvae probably feed on lichens

Classification

Species:
hirta
Genus:
Calamidia
Subfamily:
Lithosiinae
Family:
Arctiidae
Superfamily:
Noctuoidea
Order:
Lepidoptera
Class:
Insecta
Phylum:
Arthropoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?


Dr David Britton , Head, Natural Sciences & Biodiversity Conservation
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Tags lichen moth, Lithosiinae,