Aenetus dulcis (Swinhoe, 1892)
(one synonym : Charagia celsissima Olliff, 1895)
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Aenetus dulcis
Female
(Photo: courtesy of David Knowles, Walcott, Western Australia)

The caterpillars of this species have been found living in tunnels bored into :

  • Willow Myrtle ( Agonis flexuosa, MYRTACEAE ).

    Aenetus dulcis
    Male
    (Photo: courtesy of Mark Heath, Western Australia)

    The male adult moths are pale green all over. This fades to white in dead specimens.

    The females have green forewings, each with two thin wiggly white stripes. The females have orange hind wings. The moths have a wingspan up to 11 cms.

    The species is found in

  • the south of Western Australia


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 1.4, p. 148.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    Sphinges and Bombyces,
    Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Clarendon Press, Part 1 (1892), pp. 288-289, No. 1338.


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    (updated 19 September 2011, 10 December 2016)