Abantiades argentangulum Moore & Edwards, 2014
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Abantiades argentangulum
male
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Wandoo State Forest, Western Australia)

The caterpillars of this species feed undeground on the roots of

  • Wandoo ( Eucalyptus wandoo, MYRTACEAE ).

    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.

    Abantiades argentangulum
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Wandoo State Forest, Western Australia)

    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.

    Abantiades argentangulum
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Wandoo State Forest, Western Australia)

    The species is found in

  • Western Australia.

    Abantiades argentangulum
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Wandoo State Forest, Western Australia)


    Further reading :

    Michael D. Moore & E.D. (Ted) Edwards,
    Two new species of Abantiades Herrich-Schaffer (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) from Western Australia,
    Australian Entomologist,
    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.


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    (written 25 January 2020)