Animal Species:Doubleday's Footman Castulo doubledayi Newman, 1857

This larger species with contrasting black forewings and bright orange and black hindwings is found in cooler montane regions of SE and SW Australia.

Lithosiinae Castulo doubledayi male

D. Britton © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Doubleday's Footman

Alternative Name/s

Lichen moth

Identification

The forewings are almost entirely black except for a short strip of orange along the base of the costa, and a small orange spot near the base. Pale and worn specimens might be confused with some Termessa species, but males have large antennal pectinations which are absent in Termessa. Castulo plagiata has extensive orange markings in the forewing.

Similar Species

None

Distribution

From TAS, south SA, north to Ebor (NSW), also southeast WA

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Castulo doubledayi specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Habitat

Montane eucalypt forests

Seasonality

These moths fly from mid to late autumn (March to May)

Feeding and Diet

larvae probably feed on lichens

Classification

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

What does this mean?


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