Termessa xanthomelas Lower, 1892
Broad-banded Footman
(one synonym : Termessa terpnodes Turner, 1940)
LITHOSIINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Termessa xanthomelas
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

The adult moth black forewings, each with three broken yellow zigzag bands. The hindwings are yellow, each with two large black spots. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

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

The species occurs in

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


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 15 (1892), pp. 6-7.

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


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    (written 9 July 2013, updated 14 May 2018)