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

Abantiades macropusinsulariae
male
(Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Kangaroo Island, South Australia)

The male adult moths of this species have fawn forewings, each decorated with a complex pattern of white markings, including an irregular longitudinal white flash, and an incomplete irregular subterminal white arc. The hindwings are plain fawn. The male antennae appear to be tripectinate. The male moths have a wingspan of about 7 cms.

Abantiades macropusinsulariae
female
(Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Kangaroo Island, South Australia)

The female adult moths also have fawn forewings, each decorated with a complex pattern of white markings, icluding an irregular broken submarginal white arc. 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 9 cms. Both sexes have a diagnostic round white spot near the middle of the forewing hind-margin.

The species has been found in

  • South 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. 47, 51, 55, 58, 89-90, 194, 236, Plate 15.


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    (written 12 August 2020)