Oxycanus goldfinchi Tindale, 1935
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Oxycanus goldfinchi
male
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Barrington Tops, New South Wales)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed underground, probably on the roots of

  • Gum Trees (MYRTACEAE).

    Oxycanus goldfinchi
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Barrington Tops, New South Wales)

    The adult moths have brown forewings with variable white markings. The hindwings are dark grey, shading paler at the margins. The wingspan of the males is about 9 cms. The wingspan of the females is about 11 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Norman B. Tindale,
    Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae) Part III,
    Records of the South Australian Museum,
    Volume 5 (1935), pp. 305-306, and fig. 81.


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    (written 16 November 2020)