Animal Species:Snowy Footman Termessa nivosa (Walker, 1865)

T. nivosa is one of the most common Termessa species in southeastern mainland Australia

Lithosiinae Termessa nivosa

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Standard Common Name

Snowy Footman

Alternative Name/s

Lichen moth

Identification

The only Termessa species which is predominantly white. There is very little variation between individual moths throughout the range of this species.

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.

Similar Species

T. orthocrossa

Distribution

From Victoria north to the Allyn River in NSW

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Termessa nivosa specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Habitat

Forested regions along the Dividing Range, including wet forests

Seasonality

October to December

Feeding and Diet

Larvae probably feed on lichen

Life history modes

terrestrial, volant

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
nivosa
Genus:
Termessa
Subfamily:
Lithosiinae
Family:
Arctiidae
Superfamily:
Noctuoidea
Order:
Lepidoptera
Class:
Insecta

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 , Acting Head, Natural Sciences & Biodiversity Conservation
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