Animal Species:Yellow-banded Footman Castulo plagiata Walker, 1854
This species occurs only at altitudes above 1,000m in SE Australia, and is usually associated with snow gum. The female is not known.
Standard Common Name
Males are similar to Castulo doubledayi, but have additional and variable orange markings on the forewings. Females may be flightless, with reduced or no wings. This condition has evolved independenly in other Australian lichen moths.
Distribution by collection data
Snow gum forests
Adults fly from late summer to autumn (late February to April)
Feeding and Diet
larvae probably feed on lichens
Dr David Britton , Head, Natural Sciences & Biodiversity Conservation