Abantiades karnka (Tindale, 1941)
(formerly known as Bordaia karnka)
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Abantiades karnka
male
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Gleneagle State Forest, Western Australia)

The male adult moths of this species basically have dark grey forewings, each with two white flashes. The hindwings are plain dark grey. The antennae of the males are bipectinate. The wingspan of the males is about 8 cms.

Abantiades karnka
female
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Gleneagle State Forest, Western Australia)

The females are similar, but larger, with grey rather than white markings on the forewings, and have plain dark grey hindwings. The antennae of the female are thread-like. The wingspan of the females is about 12 cms.

Abantiades karnka
male
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Gleneagle State Forest, Western Australia)

The grey colour of live specimens fades to brown in museum specimens.

The species is found in

  • Western Australia


    Further reading :

    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. 102, 179, 198-199, Plates 21, 45.

    Norman B. Tindale,
    Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae), Part IV ,
    Records of the South Australian Museum,
    Volume 7, Part 1 (1941), p. 44, and also Plate VI, fig 65.


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    (written 31 January 2020)