Banded Lichen Moth
(formerly known as Pallene structa)
(also known as Cyme structa)
LITHOSIINAE , ARCTIIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
Graeme Cocks & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Tewantin, Queensland)
The caterpillars of this species are black and very hairy. They have been found on and under Wallaby scats.
The adult moths are dark yellow, with a number of dark brown zig-zag lines across each forewing, and a broad black margin to each hindwing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species is found in the southern half of Australia, including
The eggs are white and spherical, with a diameter of about 1 mm.
This species shows some variations in the colour and pattern of the forewings which overlap those of other species in Lyclene. The three similar species seem to occur in the following regions:
Lyclene structa is readily distinguished from the others by the dark margin of the hindwing. Lyclene reticulata and Lyclene pyraula have plain monochromatic hindwings.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 436.
Moths of Victoria - Part 2, 2nd edition,
Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 26-27.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 2 (1854), p. 543.
(updated 5 August 2008, 18 February 2017)