Animal Species:Chrysomesia lophoptera Turner, 1940

Chrysomesia lophoptera is a species in one of several genera of lichen moths from tropical northern Queensland that are boldly patterned with gold. This is the only described species in the genus in Australia. 

Lithosiinae Chrysomesia lophoptera male

D. Britton © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Lichen moth

Identification

This species has a large single gold area in the basal area of the wing with purplish-brown wing tips. The wing tips of the fore and hind wings are rounded. Other species have more than one gold area on the forewing, or have more angular wing tips.

Similar Species

Species in Heterallactis, Lichenoptera and Parascaptia

Distribution

Northern Queensland

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Chrysomesia lophoptera specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Habitat

Montane and coastal rainforest

Feeding and Diet

Larvae probably feed on lichen

Classification

Species:
lophoptera
Genus:
Chrysomesia
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
Last Updated:

Tags Lichen moth, Lithosiinae,