HEPIALIDAE of Australia
Ghost Moths, Swift Moths
Don Herbison-Evans
Stella Crossley









Many of the adult female moths of this family lay very large numbers of eggs, some more than 10,000, and they are laid while flying. The moths have long narrow wings, and long bodies.

Worldwide: there are about 500 species in HEPIALIDAE, divided into about 80 genera. In Australia, there are 158 named species in HEPIALIDAE, representing 9 of these genera, namely :

Abantiades albofasciatus

  • Abantiades antenniochrus
    Abantiades aphenges : Bubbly Ghost Moth
    Abantiades argentangulum
    Abantiades argentata
    Abantiades argyrosticha
    Abantiades atripalpis : Bardi Grub, Rain Moth, Waikerie
    Abantiades aurilegulus : Western Ghost Moth
    Abantiades barcas : Northern Ghost Moth
    Abantiades barnardi : Barnard's Ghost Moth
    Abantiades centralia
    Abantiades cephalocorvus
  • Abantiades equipalpus
    Abantiades fulvomarginatus
    Abantiades furva
  • Abantiades horakae
    Abantiades hutchinsoni : Hutchinson's Ghost Moth
    Abantiades hyalinatus : Mustard Ghost Moth
    Abantiades hydrographus : Western Rain Moth
  • Abantiades inexpecta
    Abantiades kayi
    Abantiades karnka
    Abantiades kristenseni : Kristensen's Ghost Moth
    Abantiades labyrinthicus : Labyrinthine Ghost Moth
    Abantiades latipennis : Brown Ghost Moth
    Abantiades leucochiton : White Ghost Moth
    Abantiades lineacurva
  • Abantiades mcquillani
    Abantiades macropusinsulariae
    Abantiades magnificus : Magnificent Ghost Moth
    Abantiades marcidus : Red Gum Ghost Moth
    Abantiades moesta
  • Abantiades mysteriella
    Abantiades neglecta
    Abantiades obscura
    Abantiades ocellatus
    Abantiades pallida
    Abantiades paradoxa
    Abantiades penneshawensis : Penneshaw Ghost Moth
    Abantiades pica : Mallee Ghost Moth
    Abantiades rubrus : Kangaroo Island Ghost Moth
    Abantiades sericatus
  • Abantiades sui
    Abantiades tembyi
    Abantiades zonatriticum

    Aenetus astathes : Unstable Ghost Moth
    Aenetus blackburnii : Blackburn's Ghost Moth
    Aenetus djernaesae : Marie's Ghost Moth
    Aenetus dulcis : Sweet Ghost Moth
    Aenetus edwardsi : Ted's Ghost Moth
    Aenetus eximia : Forest Splendid Ghost Moth
    Aenetus lewinii : Lewin's Splendid Ghost Moth
    Aenetus ligniveren : Smaller Green Wood Moth
    Aenetus maiasinus
    Aenetus mirabilis
    Aenetus montanus : Alpine Splendid Ghost Moth
    Aenetus moorei : Tasmanian Splendid Ghost Moth
    Aenetus ombraloma
    Aenetus ramsayi
    Aenetus scotti
    Aenetus scripta
    Aenetus simonseni
    Aenetus splendens
    Aenetus thermistis

  • Aenetus tephroptilus
  • Aenetus tindalei
    Aenetus trigonogrammus

  • Archaeoaenetus nielseni

    Elhamma australasiae

  • Fraus basicornis
    Fraus basidispina
  • Fraus bilineata : Lined Fraus
  • Fraus biloba
    Fraus crocea : Pink Fraus
  • Fraus distispina
    Fraus extremapodus : Long-legged Primitive Ghost Moth
  • Fraus furcata
    Fraus fusca : Mountain Fraus
    Fraus griseomaculata : Grey Fraus
    Fraus latistria : Button-Grass Fraus
    Fraus linogyna : Ochre Fraus
    Fraus marginispina : Spined Fraus
  • Fraus mediaspina
  • Fraus megacornis
  • Fraus minima
    Fraus nanus : Slender Fraus
  • Fraus orientalis : Eastern Fraus
  • Fraus pelagia
  • Fraus pilosa
    Fraus polyspila : Chequered Fraus
    Fraus pteromela : Heath Fraus
  • Fraus quadrangula
  • Fraus serrata
    Fraus simulans : Varied Fraus
    Fraus tedi : Ted's Fraus

    Jeana delicatula : Delicate Jeana
    Jeana robiginosa : Orange Jeana

    Oncopera alboguttata
    Oncopera alpina : Alpine Corby
    Oncopera brachyphylla
    Oncopera brunneata : Common Corby

  • Oncopera commoni
  • Oncopera epargyra
    Oncopera fasciculatus : Underground Grassgrub
    Oncopera intricata: Tasmanian Corby
    Oncopera intricoides : Intricoid Corby
    Oncopera mitocera
    Oncopera parva
    Oncopera rufobrunnea : Brown Corby
  • Oncopera tindalei

    Oxycanus aedesima
    Oxycanus antipoda : Late Oxycanus
    Oxycanus armatus
    Oxycanus aurifex
    Oxycanus australis : Southern Oxycanus
    Oxycanus ballux
    Oxycanus barnardi
    Oxycanus beltista
    Oxycanus buluwandji

  • Oxycanus byrsa
    Oxycanus carus
    Oxycanus determinata
    Oxycanus dirempta : Variable Oxycanus
    Oxycanus ephemerous
    Oxycanus flavoplumosus
    Oxycanus gelidus
    Oxycanus glauerti
    Oxycanus goldfinchi
    Oxycanus goodingi : Gooding's Oxycanus
    Oxycanus hamatus
    Oxycanus herdus
    Oxycanus hildae Hilda's Oxycanus
    Oxycanus janeus : Mountain Oxycanus
  • Oxycanus kochi
    Oxycanus loesus : Yellow Oxycanus
    Oxycanus lyelli : Lyell's Oxycanus
  • Oxycanus maculosus
    Oxycanus naias
    Oxycanus niphadias : Western Oxycanus
    Oxycanus nuptialis : Mountain Oxycanus
    Oxycanus occidentalis
    Oxycanus oreades : Brachypterous Oxycanus
  • Oxycanus oressigenes : Alpine Oxycanus
    Oxycanus perditus : Chocolate Oxycanus
    Oxycanus petalous
  • Oxycanus poeticus
    Oxycanus promiscuus
    Oxycanus rosaceus Rosaceus Oxycanus
    Oxycanus rufescens : Dry-country Oxycanus
    Oxycanus silvanus : Pale Oxycanus
    Oxycanus sirpus : Heath Oxycanus
  • Oxycanus spadix
    Oxycanus sphragidias : Tasmanian Oxycanus
    Oxycanus stellans : Spotted Oxycanus
    Oxycanus subvaria : Small Oxycanus
    Oxycanus waterhousei

    Zelotypia stacyi : Bent-wing Ghost Moth

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    (updated 28 October 2019, 29 December 2023)