Abantiades barcas (Pfitzner, 1914)
(formerly known as Pielus barcas)
Northern Ghost Moth
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Abantiades barcas
male, monochrome grey-scale photo by Norman B. Tindale
, tinted digitally,
Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae),
Records of the South Australian Museum, Volume 4, Part 4 (1932), p. 532, fig. 57,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by South Australian Museum.

This species has brown wings, each forewing having a ragged white arc from base to wingtip. The hindwings are plain brown. The male moths have a wingspan of about 11 cms. The female moths have a wingspan of about 16 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Queenland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Axel Kallies,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
    Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 20-21.

    R. Pfitzner,
    Neue Hepialiden,
    Entomologische Rundschau,
    Volume 31 (1914), pp. 96.

    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. 532-533, fig. 57.


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    (written 7 September 2016)