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

Oxycanus herdus
male, monochrome grey-scale photo by Norman B. Tindale
,
Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae) Part III,
Records of the South Australian Museum, Volume 5 (1935), p. 300, fig. 74,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by South Australian Museum.

The adult male moths have pale brown wings with three arcs of yellow-edged dark submarginal spots on the forewings. The hindwings are yellow shading to pink at the margins. The females are plain pale yellowish brown. The wingspan of the males is about 8 cms. The wingspan of the females is about 10 cms.

Oxycanus herdus
female, monochrome grey-scale photo by Norman B. Tindale
,
Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae) Part III,
Records of the South Australian Museum, Volume 5 (1935), p. 300, fig. 75,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by South Australian Museum.

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), p. 299, and figs. 26, 74, 75.


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    (written 30 December 2016)