(one synonym : Pielus erythrinus Walker, 1865)
Mustard Ghost Moth
HEPIALIDAE , HEPIALOIDEA
Stella Crossley & Peter Marriott
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris in Morwell Park, Victoria)
This species has a beautiful adult form, with mustard forewings and body, and red hind wings, although the coloration of the wings varies between individuals. Some individuals also have a pair of fragmented silver flashes across each forewing. The moths have unipectinate antennae.
The moths have a wingspan of from 10 to 12 cms. The adults are on the wing in February, March and April.
We have taken specimens in Victoria in very different locations: on a coastal heath with some coastal eucalypt cover, and also in the hills behind Melbourne in wet schlerophyll forest. The species can be found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 17.8, p. 150.
Gottlieb August Wilhelm Herrich-Schäffer,
Sammlung neuer oder wenig bekannter aussereuropäischer Schmetterlinge,
Verzeichniss der in diesem Werke gelieferten Arten nach Reihenfolge ihrer Veroffentlichung,
Series I, Volume 1, Part 3 (1855), p. 78, and Plate 11, fig. 50.
Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 12-13, 20-21.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 41.
(updated 17 September 2011, 5 May 2014)