Aenetus montanus Tindale, 1953
Alpine Splendid Ghost Moth
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Aenetus montanus
Female
(Photo: courtesy of Axel Kallies, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found living in tunnels bored into young stems of:

  • Snow Gums ( Eucalyptus pauciflora, MYRTACEAE ).

    The mouth of the tunnel becomes covered in frass. The caterpillars pupate in their tunnels. Before the adult moth emerges from the pupa, the pupa wriggles to be partly out of its tunnel.

    Aenetus montanus
    empty pupal shell protruding from tunnel
    (Photo: courtesy of Axel Kallies, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)

    The female adult moths have green forewings, each with some variable pinkish markings. The females have brown hindwings shading to pinkish along the inner margins. The female moths have a wingspan of up to 7 cms.

    Aenetus montanus
    Male
    (Photo: courtesy of Axel Kallies, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)

    The male adult moths have brown forewings. The hindwings of the males are orange, with brown wingtips. The male moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    The species is found in the mountains of

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Axel Kallies,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
    Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 14-15.

    Norman B. Tindale,
    On a new species of Oenetus (Lepidoptera, Family Hepialidae) damaging Eucalyptus saplings in Tasmania,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 76 (1953), p. 79,.


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    (written 11 December 2016)