(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Wandoo State Forest, Western Australia)
The caterpillars of this species feed undeground on the roots of
The male adult moths are grey-brown with two white flashes and some wiggly dark lines on the forewings. The male moths have unipectinate antennae, and have a wingspan of up to 12 cms.
The female moths have similar forewing patterns to the males, but the white flashes are muted to grey. The females have thinner antennae and a fatter abdomen than the males, and have a wingspan up to 18 cms. The hindwings of both sexes are grey brown, shading reddish toward the bases.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Michael D. Moore & E.D. (Ted) Edwards,
Two new species of Abantiades Herrich-Schaffer (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) from Western Australia,
Volume 41, Part 1 (2014), p. 34.
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.
(written 25 January 2020)