Lichen moth Click to enlarge image
Lichen moth Ameleta panochra Holotype, QLD: Kuranda Oct 1904 F.P. Dodd Image: David Britton
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    panochra
    Genus
    Ameleta
    Subfamily
    Lithosiinae
    Family
    Arctiidae
    Super Family
    Noctuoidea
    Order
    Lepidoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Phylum
    Arthropoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Introduction

This species is known from very few specimens in collections, but this may represent undercollection rather than real rarity.

Identification

Similar to many other grey and white species from other genera (especially females of some Lambula spp. and Microstola ammoscia), but the arrangement of the black spots around the cell of the forewing and the shape of the wings is diagnostic.

Distribution

Lake Eacham and Kuranda (QLD)

Feeding and diet

larvae probably feed on lichens