Animal Species:Schistophleps albida (Walker, 1865)

These small white moths have only a thin layer of scales so that the wings are almost transparent. They are common at light in regions north of Brisbane in Queensland.

Lithosiinae Schistophleps albida male

D. Britton © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Lichen moth

Identification

This species has two distinct black spots on the forewing, with one near the base of the forewing cell, and one at the tip of the cell. The other species in the genus is S. obducta, which has more brown markings on the forewings, and does not have the distinct black spots. Psilopepla mollis is similar, but is smaller, with more transparent wings, and has only one rather indistinct black marking in the forewing cell. Chamaita barnardi is smaller, has fewer scales on the wings, and has only a few indistinct pale brown markings on the forewings. Males of C. barnardi have highly modified antennal scapes (base of the antenna)

Similar Species

S. obducta, Psilopepla mollis, Chamaita barnardi

Distribution

Coastal Queensland, north from Brisbane

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Schistophleps albida specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Feeding and Diet

Larvae probably feed on lichens

Classification

Species:
albida
Genus:
Schistophleps
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,