Aenetus edwardsi Simonsen, 2018
Ted's Ghost Moth
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, listed as Aenetus scotti,
from Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed by boring into the stems of many species of trees and bushes in a variety of plant families.

The adult moths of both sexes of this species have green forewings and orange hindwings, and an orange abdomen that shades to green at the tip. The wingspan is from 8 to 12 cms.

The species occurs in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    The moths are superficially similar to those of Aenetus scotti, but occur to the north of Townsville, Queensland.
    Aenetus scotti occurs in areas to the south of Townsville.


    Further reading :

    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, pp. 139-140, p. 273 plate 27.


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    (written 7 April 2018)