(previously known as Oenetus mirabilis)
HEPIALIDAE , HEPIALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of David Rentz, Kuranda, Queensland)
These Caterpillars have been found boring into the trunks of :
The male adult moths have blue-green forewings and white hindwings. The males have a set of brown hairs at the base of the wings that emit a pheromone. Some humans can smell this, and some cannot.
The females have brownish green forewings and yellow hindwings. The moths often have a wingspan exceeding 10 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls, 2.1, 2.9, pp. 46, 148.
Lionel Walter Rothschild,
On a new species of the Hepialid genus Oenetus,
Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Series 6, Volume 13 (1894), p. 440.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 41.
(updated 24 November 2011)