(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 eggs are spherical, and initially white. They are laid in random piles.
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.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, pp. 94-95.
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)