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

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

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

  • Manuka Myrtle ( Leptospermum scoparium, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths have brown forewings with a pattern of white markings, and plain brown hindwings and abdomen. The females have fainter markings than the males. The wingspan of the males is about 6 cms. The wingspan of the females is about 8 cms.

    The species appears to have been found in :

  • Queensland, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Axel Kallies,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
    Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 32-33.

    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. 321-322, and figs. 46, 110, 111.


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    (written 18 December 2016)