Abantiades kristenseni Simonsen, 2018
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Abantiades kristenseni
male
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Eucla, Western Australia)

The male adult moths of this species have fawn forewings, each decorated with a complex pattern of white markings. The hindwings are plain fawn. The male moths have a wingspan of about 10 cms.

Abantiades kristenseni
female
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Eucla, Western Australia)

The female adult moths also have fawn forewings, each decorated with an even more complex pattern of white markings. The hindwings are plain fawn. The female antennae are shorter and thinner than those of the males. The female moths have a wingspan of about 18 cms.

The species has been found in

  • South Australia, and
  • 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. 51, 55, 58, 60, 86-87, 193, 216, 235, Plate 14.


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    (written 7 February 2020)