Animal Species:Schistophleps obducta (T.P. Lucas, 1894)

S. obducta belongs to a group of superficially similar moths with almost transparent wings due to thin scaling. This species is the most heavily marked of the group.

Lithosiinae Schistophleps obducta male

D. Britton © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Lichen moth

Identification

This species has much more brown scaling compared to Schistophleps albida and other similar genera. The two distinct black spots in the forewing cell are absent. The brown markings are extremely variable between individual moths.

Similar Species

S. albida, Psilopepla mollis, Chamaita barnardi

Distribution

Coastal regions from far northern NSW to northern Queensland

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Schistophleps obducta specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Feeding and Diet

larvae probably feed on lichens

Classification

Species:
obducta
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,