Animal Species:Hookwing Footman Termessa discrepans (Walker, 1865)

One of two species of Termessa with falcate (hooked) wingtips, T. discrepans is much more common in collections than T. conographa.

Lithosiinae Termessa discrepans male

David Britton © David Britton

Standard Common Name

Hookwing Footman

Alternative Name/s

Lichen moth

Identification

The shape of the forewing is distinctive, with a falcate (hooked) wing tip. The broad black fascia in the forewing of T. discrepans reach the front margin of the wing (cf. T. conographa)

DISCLAIMER: The identifications presented on these pages should be taken as indicative only. As with many groups of Australian insects there has been no formal revision of the Lithosiinae in recent years, and there are many undescribed species present in collections. Many species are superficially similar, and require a specialist to separate them.

Distribution

Coastal NSW and SE Queensland, Bairnsdale, Gembrook, Red Hill (VIC, Peter Marriott)

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Termessa discrepans specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Habitat

Forested areas including open woodland

Seasonality

November to February

Feeding and Diet

Larvae probably feed on lichens

Life history modes

terrestrial, volant

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
discrepans
Genus:
Termessa
Subfamily:
Lithosiinae
Family:
Arctiidae
Superfamily:
Noctuoidea
Order:
Lepidoptera
Class:
Insecta
Phylum:
Arthropoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

Further Reading

The majority of images of Lithosiinae presented on these pages were taken from specimens housed in the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) (CSIRO, Canberra). I would like to thank the staff and researchers at ANIC for their generous assistance in providing me access to this collection, and I acknowledge the depth of effort and the investment of staff time that has gone into building and curating this splendid resource. In particular, I would like to thank Ted Edwards and Marianne Horak for their assistance.


Dr David Britton , Head, Natural Sciences & Biodiversity Conservation
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2 comments

David Britton - 2.07 PM, 13 July 2009
Thanks Peter, I hope we will get a few more people looking out for specimens of these moths. The link to BioMaps that I have up on the pages is only good for specimens databased in the AM database at this stage (And I have a backlog of databasing to do!).
Peter Marriott - 2.07 PM, 13 July 2009
T. discrepans has been collected in Victoria. I have it from Mt Taylor near Bairnsdale and have noted one from Gembrook E. of Melbourne. In the Melbourne Museum there are a number from Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula.

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