Oxycanus lyelli Tindale, 1935
Lyell's Oxycanus
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Oxycanus lyelli
male
(Photo: courtesy of Axel Kallies, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)

The adult moths of this species have yellow or brown wings with variable markings on the forewings, including sometimes a pale streak from base to margin, which sometimes degenerates to just two pale spots. The females are similar to the males. The wingspan of the males is about 8 cms. The wingspan of the females is about 10 cms.

Oxycanus lyelli
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)

The species has been found in :

  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Axel Kallies,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
    Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 26-27.

    Norman B. Tindale,
    Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae) Part III,
    Records of the South Australian Museum,
    Volume 5 (1935), p. 293, and figs. 23, 90, 91.


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    (written 19 December 2016, updated 2 January 2017)