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.
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.
Species in Heterallactis, Lichenoptera and Parascaptia
Distribution by collection data
Montane and coastal rainforest
Feeding and Diet
Larvae probably feed on lichen
Dr Dave Britton , Collection Manager, Entomology