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.
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,
South from Paluma/Atherton to Tasmania, also Lord Howe Island
Distribution by collection data
Feeding and Diet
Larvae probably feed on lichens
Dr Dave Britton , Collection Manager, Entomology