Abantiades labyrinthicus (Donovan, 1805)
Swift Moth
(one synonym : Pielus diversata Lucas, 1898)
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Morwell Park, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on tree roots, and pupate in the bottom of a tunnel in the soil.


(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Morwell Park, Victoria)

The male adult moths are brown with two silver flashes on each forewing. These flashes can be broken or fused. The male moths have a wingspan of about 10 cms. The females are similar but are larger: with a wing span of about 16 cms.


Male
(Photo: copyright Peter Marriott)

The species is found along the non-tropical east coast of Australia, including:

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 17.5, p. 150.


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    (updated 17 September 2011, 17 September 2013)