Oxycanus barnardi (Tindale, 1941)
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Oxycanus barnardi
male, monochrome grey-scale photo by Norman B. Tindale
,
Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae),
Records of the South Australian Museum, Volume 5 (1935), p. 319, fig. 43,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by South Australian Museum.

The male adult moths of this species have fawn forewings, each with very faint yellow rings, and a yellow subcostal vein. The hindwings are fawn, with darker wingtips, and dense yellow hairs at the bases. The antennae are bipectinate. The wingspan of the males is up to 7 cms.

Oxycanus barnardi
female,
(Photo: courtesy of Anne Langsford, South Australian Museum)

The females are similar, but larger. The forewings are fawn, with a slightly concave costa, and also have a yellow subcostal vein. The hindwings are fawn, with pale yellowish hairs at the bases. The wingspan of the females is up to 9 cms.

The species is found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales


    Further reading :

    Norman B. Tindale,
    Revision of the Australian ghost moths (Lepidoptera, Homoneura, Family Hepialidae), Part III,
    Records of the South Australian Museum,
    Volume 5 (1935), pp. 319-320, Fig. 43.


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    (written 7 Februuary 2020)