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

Abantiades neglecta
male
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Wandoo State Forest, Western Australia)

The male adult moths of this species have fawn forewings, each with two irregular white streaks, and faint labyrinthine markings. The hindwings are plain off-white. The male moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.

Abantiades neglecta
female
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Wandoo State Forest, Western Australia)

The female adult moths also have fawn forewings, each with two irregular sometimes broken white streaks, and extensive labyrinthine markings. 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 8 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Western Australia.

    The adult moths are superficially similar to those of Abantiades leucochiton.


    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. 57, 79-81, 215, 234, Plate 38.


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    (written 7 February 2020)