Animal Species:Psilopepla mollis (T.P. Lucas, 1894)

This moth with almost transparent wings has a fragile appearance.

Lithosiinae Psilopepla mollis male

D. Britton © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Lichen moth

Identification

Smaller and more delicate in appearance than similar transparent species in other genera. There is a single indistinct black spot in the forewing cell.

Similar Species

Schistophleps albida, S. obducta, Chamaita barnardi

Distribution

Queensland north from Brisbane. A record from Sydney is probably a label error

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Psilopepla mollis specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Feeding and Diet

larvae probably feed on lichens

Classification

Species:
mollis
Genus:
Psilopepla
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,