Animal Species:Double Yellow-patched Footman Termessa zonophanes (Meyrick, 1888)

T. zonophanes seems to have a strange distribution, with specimens collected from northern Queensland as well as northwestern Victoria.

 

Lithosiinae Termessa zonophanes male

David Britton © David Britton

Standard Common Name

Double Yellow-patched Footman

Alternative Name/s

Lichen moth

Identification

T. zonophanes has more black markings on the body compared to similar species such as T. gratiosa and T. diplographa

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. gratiosa, T. diplographa

Distribution

Disjunct records between the Wimmera in Victoria north to Ravenshoe in Queensland.

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Termessa zonophanes specimens from the Australian Museum database

What does this mean?

Feeding and Diet

Larvae probably feed on lichens

Life history modes

terrestrial, volant

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
zonophanes
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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