Unstable Ghost Moth
(formerly known as Hepialus astathes)
The early instars of the Caterpillars of this species spend the first few weeks feeding on leaf detritus and fungi, before transferring themselves onto their host tree. There: they bore into the stems, and have been found in
The female adult moths have green forewings, each with a brown submarginal band, and brown areas along the costa and the hind-margin. The females have orange hind wings. The female moths have a wingspan of up to 7 cms.
The male adult moths have pale green or brown forewings, each with white markings including two narrow dark-edged white lines forming a large 'V' shape. The hindwings of the males are white. The male moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The forewings of both sexes each have a recurved tip, and a slightly concave costa. The adult moths are very similar to those of Aenetus ligniveren.
The species is found in
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. 139-140, pp. 46, 51, 123-126, 132-133, 205, 224, 243, Plate 24: figs. G and H.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
Volume 27 (1915), p. 56.
(written 20 March 2019, updated 18 January 2020)