(formerly known as Charagia blackburnii)
Blackburn's Ghost Moth
HEPIALIDAE , HEPIALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Axel Kallies, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)
The Caterpillars of this species have been found living in tunnels bored into the base stems of:
The mouth of the tunnel becomes covered in frass. The caterpillars pupate in their tunnels. Before the adult moth emerges from the pupa, the pupa wriggles to be partly out of its tunnel.
The female adult moths have green forewings, each with some variable brown markings. The females have orange hind wings. The female moths have a wingspan of up to 7 cms.
The male adult moths have green forewings, each with a submarginal white line. The hindwings of the males are white, each with a green inner margin. The male moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 14-15.
Oswald B. Lower,
Descriptions of New South Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 15 (1892), p. 5.
(written 10 December 2016)