Anestia ombrophanesCommon name: Clouded Footman

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: This caterpillar and moth has been reported from the southern parts of Australia.

Remarks: This caterpillar was approximately 2 centimetres long. The moth can have a wingspan of approximately 2 centimetres.

Only the male moths have wings. Females remain near their pupal cocoon and wait for the males to come to them. After mating, the female lays her eggs on her vacant cocoon.

The caterpillars feed on lichen and algae. This caterpillar was seen in March.

References: http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/arct/ombrophanes.html

Atlas of Living Australia https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:8f0d7066-fe80-47ed-a26d-4567d15b5d85#overview

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