Lichen moth Click to enlarge image
Lichen moth (Arctiidae: Lithosiinae) Calamidia hirta male Image: David Britton
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

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

Introduction

This large lichen moth rolls its wings around its body in the "footman" style. It has a long north-south distribution on the east coast of Australia, and is also found on Lord Howe Island.


Lithosiinae Calamidia hirta female
Lichen moth Calamidia hurta female NSW: 3km East of Wedderburn Image: David Britton
© Australian Museum

Identification

Males are unmistakable, with elongate forward-pointing labial palps which have a clubbed tip. Females lack the elongate labial palps, and have pale white forewings and cream hindwings. Females might be confused with the pale Hesychopa chionara, but H. chionara has an angular tip on the forewings which are rounded in C. hirta,

Distribution

South from Paluma/Atherton to Tasmania, also Lord Howe Island



Feeding and diet

Larvae probably feed on lichens