Fast Facts

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

Introduction

These small white moths have only a thin layer of scales so that the wings are almost transparent. They are common at light in regions north of Brisbane in Queensland.

Identification

This species has two distinct black spots on the forewing, with one near the base of the forewing cell, and one at the tip of the cell. The other species in the genus is S. obducta, which has more brown markings on the forewings, and does not have the distinct black spots. Psilopepla mollis is similar, but is smaller, with more transparent wings, and has only one rather indistinct black marking in the forewing cell. Chamaita barnardi is smaller, has fewer scales on the wings, and has only a few indistinct pale brown markings on the forewings. Males of C. barnardi have highly modified antennal scapes (base of the antenna)

Distribution

Coastal Queensland, north from Brisbane

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

Feeding and diet

Larvae probably feed on lichens