(formerly known as Charagia blackburnii)
Blackburn's Ghost Moth
(Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Greenhill, South Australia)
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 hind 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.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), pp. 10, 38-39.
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.
(written 10 December 2016, updated 3 April 2018, 28 January 2020, 11 April 2021)