Western Ghost Moth
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Wandoo State Forest, Western Australia)
TThe male moth forewings of this species are brown, each with an outlined white submarginal flash connected to another variable often broken outlined white flash extending from the base, The hindwings are plain brown. The male moths have unipectinate antennae. The male moth wingspan is about 8 cms.
The female moths have grey forewings, each with a sinuous pattern of dark patches and lines. The hindwings are grey. The antennae of the females are thinner and shorter that those of the males. The female moth wingspan is about 11 cms.
The head, thorax, and abdomen of both sexes are brown. The species has been found in
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 12-13, 20-21.
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. 29, 56, 66, 231, Plates 2, 33.
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. 520-521, figs. 39, 40.
(written 5 September 2016, updated 28 January 2020)