Abantiades hyalinatus (Herrich-Schaffer, [1853])
(one synonym : Pielus erythrinus Walker, 1865)
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley & Peter Marriott

Abantiades hyalinatus
pale form
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, 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.

Abantiades hyalinatus
male, dark form
(Photo: copyright Peter Marriott)

The moths have a wingspan of from 10 to 12 cms. The adults are on the wing in February, March and April.

Abantiades hyalinatus
female, pale form
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Morwell Park, Victoria)

We have taken specimens at Anglesea and at Gembrook in Victoria: 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

  • southern Queensland
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.

    Abantiades hyalinatus
    (Photo: courtesy of Halina Steele, taken in Merimbula. NSW)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 17.8, p. 150.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 41.


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    (updated 17 September 2011, 5 May 2014)