Lichen moth Click to enlarge image
Lichen moth (Arctiidae: Lithosiinae) - Clouded Footman Anestia ombrophanes Meyrick, 1886 Image: David Britton
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

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

Introduction

One of two described species in Anestia, this species is restricted to drier inland regions.

Identification

Males have strongly bipectinate antennae. This species can be separated from A. semiochrea by the more extensive white markings in the forewing. and the paler yellow hindwings. Females are presumably wingless, as in S. semiochrea

Distribution

Wedderburn, Kiata, Gisborne (VIC), Perth, Nedlands, Madura, Kojonup, Balladonia Hotel, Hyden, Grass Patch (WA), Nullarbor, Blackwood, Glenelg (SA)

Biomaps map of <em>Anestia ombrophanes</em> specimens from the Australian Museum database http://www.biomaps.net.au/biomaps2/mapam.jsp?cqn=anestia%20ombrophanes&cql=sn&csy=Square

Feeding and diet

Larvae feed on lichens