Chrysomesia lophoptera is a species in one of several genera of lichen moths from tropical northern Queensland that are boldly patterned with gold. This is the only described species in the genus in Australia.
This species has a large single gold area in the basal area of the wing with purplish-brown wing tips. The wing tips of the fore and hind wings are rounded. Other species have more than one gold area on the forewing, or have more angular wing tips.
Montane and coastal rainforest
Northern QueenslandBiomaps map of <em>Chrysomesia lophoptera</em> specimens from the Australian Museum database http://www.biomaps.net.au/biomaps2/mapam.jsp?cqn=Chrysomesia%20lophoptera&cql=sn&csy=Square
Feeding and diet
Larvae probably feed on lichen