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

Abantiades aphenges
male, monochrome grey-scale photo by Norman B. Tindale
, digitally tinted,
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.

This species has chocolate-brown forewings, each having small sinuous white markings. The hindwings are grey-brown. 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
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female, monochrome grey-scale photo by Norman B. Tindale
, digitally tinted,
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.


    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)