Termessa gratiosa (Walker, [1865])
Favoured Footman
(previously known as Eutane gratiosa)
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Termessa gratiosa

These Caterpillars feed on :

  • Lichens.

    The adult moth has white forewings with broad black zig-zag bands across each one. The hindwings are yellow, each with a dark brown arc at the termen, and a dark brown spot on the tornus. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    Termessa gratiosa

    The species is found in the south-eastern quarter of Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 18.7, p. 436.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 22-23.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 21.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 31, Supplement 1 (1865), p. 239.


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    (updated 7 May 2013, 17 September 2013)