Fast Facts

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

Introduction

This remarkable lichen moth is a close mimic of arctiid moths in the subfamily Ctenuchinae. For a long time the species was only known from the type series which was collected in 1906 by F.P. Dodd. Specimens were recently collected by David Rentz in Kuranda.

Identification

A larger species with elongate dark wings with indistinct black markings in the cell of fore and hind wings. The abdomen and thorax has bright orange annuli (bands) of scales which resemble the markings seen in Amata spp. and other Ctenuchinae. It can be differentiated from these moths by wing venation.

Distribution

Kuranda and Cairns (QLD)

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

Feeding and diet

Larvae probably feed on lichens