Termessa laeta (Walker, 1856)
Propitious Footman
(previously known as Castulo laeta)
LITHOSIINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Termessa laeta
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

The adult moth is yellow with two zigzag black bands and a black mark near the tip of each forewing, and three black patches on each hindwing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Termessa laeta
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

The species occurs in

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 18.3, p. 436.

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

    Francis Walker,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 7 (1856), pp. 1689-1690, No. 1.


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    (written 9 July 2013, updated 1 February 2017)