Fraus fusca (T.P. Lucas, 1891)
Mountain Fraus
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(Photo: courtesy of Axel Kallies, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)

The adult moths are plain brown with variable vague markings and dark dots on the forewings. The males are inclined to have darker forewings than the females, and grey hindwings. The moths have very hairy legs and thorax. The male moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms. The females are bigger, with a wingspan of about 3 cms.


female
(Photo: courtesy of Axel Kallies, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)

The species is found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 16.7, p. 146.

    Axel Kallies,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
    Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 10-11.

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    On Queensland and other Australian Macro-Lepidoptera, with Localities and Descriptions of new Species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 2 (1891), p. 283.

    Nielsen E.S. & Kristensen N.P.
    Primitive Ghost Moths : Morphology and Taxonomy of the Australian Genus Fraus Walker (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae s. lat.)
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 1,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 1989.


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    (written 13 December 2016)