Western Rain Moth
formerly known as Pielus hydrographus
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Wandoo State Forest, Western Australia)
These adult moths are grey-brown with two variable white flashes, and complex labyrinthine dark lines on the forewings. The hindwings are plain brown.
The moths have unipectinate antennae. The male moths have a typical wingspan of 15 cms.
The female moths have a fatter abdomen than the males, and have a typical wingspan of 20 cms. The moths emerge, en masse, during the first major autumn rains. The males only live for about two days, and the females for about 4 days.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 8, and also Plate 80, fig. 3.
Thomas J. Simonsen,
Splendid Ghost Moths and their Allies,
A Revision of Australian Abantiades, Oncopera, Aenetus, Archaeoaenetus and Zelotypia (Hepialidae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 12,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2018, pp. 77, 190, 232, Plates 9, 43.
(written 26 March 2015, updated 24 January 2020)