Animal Species:Termessa orthocrossa Turner, 1922

This beautiful species of Termessa shows considerable variation in fore wing patterns, but is easily recognised by the wing shape and ground colour

Lithosiinae Termessa orthocrossa female

David Britton © David Britton

Standard Common Name

Lichen moth

Alternative Name/s

Lichen moth

Identification

This species has a similar angular fore wing shape and wing pattern to Termessa nivosa, but can be distinguished from T. nivosa by the pale orange-yellow ground colour (white in T. nivosa

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. nivosa

Distribution

Toowoomba (type series), Expedition Range (QLD), 28 mile S. Armidale, 8km E of Capertee, 16km N. Coonabarabran, Mt Kaputar (NSW)

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Termessa orthocrossa specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Seasonality

October to December

Feeding and Diet

Larvae probably feed on lichens

Life history modes

terrestrial, volant

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
orthocrossa
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 , Acting Head, Natural Sciences & Biodiversity Conservation
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