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 bands across each forewing, and two black spots: a large one near the tornus, and a smaller one near wingtip of each hindwing. It has a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

Termessa shepherdi
(Photo: courtesy of Wandiyali Images, Wandiyali-Environa Conservation Area, New South Wales)

The species is found in

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

    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.


    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)