Animal Species:Broad-banded Footman Termessa xanthomelas (Lower, 1892)

T. xanthomelas is similar to the larger and more commonly collected T. shepherdi.

Lithosiinae Termessa xanthomelas male

David Britton © David Britton

Standard Common Name

Broad-banded Footman

Alternative Name/s

Lichen moth

Identification

Similar to T. shepherdi, but can be distinguished by the orange ground colour (in males) and the incomplete black marking at the base of the forewing (both sexes).

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

From Milmerran (QLD) south to Victoria and South Australia

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Termessa xanthomelas specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Seasonality

September to February

Feeding and Diet

Larvae probably feed on lichen

Life history modes

terrestrial, volant

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
xanthomelas
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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