Abantiades albofasciatus (Swinhoe, 1892)
(formerly known as Pielus albofasciatus)
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Abantiades albofasciatus
monochrome grey-scale photo by Norman B. Tindale
, tinted digitally,
Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae),
Records of the South Australian Museum, Volume 4, Part 4 (1932), p. 534, fig. 59,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by South Australian Museum.

This species has brown wings, each forewing having a ragged white stripe from base to margin, a thin submarginal white line, and various faint labyrinthine markings. The moths have unipectinate antennae. The male moths have a wingspan of about 10 cms. The female moths have a wingspan of about 15 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Thomas J. Simonsen,
    Splendid Ghost Moths and their Allies,
    A Revision of Australian Abantiades, Oncopera, Aenetus, Archaeoaenetus and Zelotypia (Hepialidae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 12,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2018, pp. 26, 51 57, 59, 67-68, 189, 212, 232, Plate 2: figs. A and B, Plate 44: fig. A.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    Sphinges and Bombyces,
    Eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera - Oxford University Museum,
    Clarendon Press, Part 1 (1892), pp. 289-290, No. 1343.

    Norman B. Tindale,
    Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae) ,
    Records of the South Australian Museum,
    Volume 4, Part 4 (1932), pp. 533-534, figs. 58, 59.


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    (written 7 September 2016, updated 31 March 2019)