Abantiades aphenges (Turner, 1904)
(formerly known as Pielus aphenges)
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Abantiades aphenges
(Photo: courtesy of Jethro Williams , Milton, New South Wales)

This species has dark grey or brown forewings, each having small sinuous pale markings. The hindwings are grey-brown.

Abantiades aphenges
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)

In its resting posture, it wraps it wings around the body and sticks its hairy legs out.

Abantiades aphenges
resting posture
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Moruya, New South Wales)

The moths have unipectinate antennae. The male moths have a wingspan of about 6 cms. The female moths have a wingspan of about 9 cms.

Abantiades aphenges
female, monochrome grey-scale photo by Norman B. Tindale
,
Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae),
Records of the South Australian Museum, Volume 4, Part 4 (1932), p. 535, fig. 64,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by South Australian Museum.

The species has been found in

  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.

    Abantiades aphenges
    male, monochrome grey-scale photo by Norman B. Tindale
    ,
    Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae),
    Records of the South Australian Museum, Volume 4, Part 4 (1932), p. 535, fig. 63,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by South Australian Museum.


    Further reading :

    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. 535-536, figs. 63, 64.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera, with synonymic and other notes,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 28 (1904), p. 247.


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    (written 7 October 2016, updated 25 March 2019, 5 April 2020, 8 May 2021)