Fraus extremapodus Beaver & Moore, 2020
Long-legged Primitive Ghost Moth
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Fraus extremapodus
(Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Western Australia)

The adult moths of this species have plain dark brown wings. The moths are remarkable, in the HEPIALIDAE, for having relatively long legs, each longer than 2/3 the forewing length. The wingspan is about 4 cms. Although the wing venation and genitalia structures clearly put this species in the genus Fraus, the moths of this species have unusual wing scale structures, antennae, and wing venations, compared with other Fraus species.

The species has been found in :

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ethan Beaver and Michael D. Moore,
    A new species of Fraus Walker 1856 Lepidoptera Hepialidae from the south-west of Western Australia,
    Australian Entomologist,
    Volume 47, Part 1 (March 2020), pp. 38-50.


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    (written 13 June 2020)