Tigrioides alterna (Walker, 1854)
Alternating Footman
(originally known as Setina alterna)
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Tigrioides alterna
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria, Part 2)

The Caterpillars of this species are grey and hairy, with dull yellow spots.

Tigrioides alterna
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moths have forewings that vary from pale yellow to orange, with black margins and bases, and each forewing has two zigzag black transverse lines.

Tigrioides alterna
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria, Part 2)

The hindwings are white with broad black margins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Tigrioides alterna
head
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.

    Tigrioides alterna
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 18.22, p. 438.

    Peter Hendry,
    Images of Arctiidae moths in the subfamily Lithosiinae,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 55 (December 2009), p. 31,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 26-27.

    Francis Walker,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 2 (1854), p. 520, No. 17.


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    (updated 13 July 2013, 12 June 2014)