Animal Species:Chamaita barnardi (T.P. Lucas, 1894)

These small moths with almost transparent wings can be common at lights in northern Queensland. Males have unusual structures on their antennae, legs and forewings.

Lithosiinae Chamaita barnardi female

D. Britton © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Lichen moth

Identification

Males are easily separated from other similar species by the elongate basal segment (scape) on the antennae and the elliptical patch of elongate scales on the central part of the forewing (sex scales).

Similar Species

Psilopepla mollis, Schistopleps albida. S. obducta

Distribution

Coastal and montane Queensland north from Townsville

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Chamaita barnardi specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Feeding and Diet

Larvae probably feed on lichen

Classification

Species:
barnardi
Genus:
Chamaita
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,