Termessa shepherdi (Newman, 1856)
Shepherd's Footman
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth is white or yellow, with broad ragged black stripes on each forewing, and a black spot on each hindwing. It has a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

Termessa shepherdi
Lithograph by G.H. Ford, in Edward Newman:
Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley
,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
New Series, Volume III (1856), Plate 18, fig. 11,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species is found in

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 18.1, p. 436.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 20-23.

    Edward Newman,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume 3, Number 8 (1856), p. 285, and also Plate 18, fig. 11.


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    (updated 13 February 2011)