Animal Species:Yellow-banded Footman Castulo plagiata Walker, 1854

This species occurs only at altitudes above 1,000m in SE Australia, and is usually associated with snow gum. The female is not known.

Lithosiinae Castulo plagiata male

D. Britton © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Yellow-banded Footman

Alternative Name/s

Lichen moth

Identification

Males are similar to Castulo doubledayi, but have additional and variable orange markings on the forewings. Females may be flightless, with reduced or no wings. This condition has evolved independenly in other Australian lichen moths.

Similar Species

None

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Castulo plagiata specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Habitat

Snow gum forests

Seasonality

Adults fly from late summer to autumn (late February to April)

Feeding and Diet

larvae probably feed on lichens

Classification

Species:
plagiata
Genus:
Castulo
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,