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

Abantiades obscura
male
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Pilbara, Western Australia)

The male adult moths of this species have brown forewings, each with two broken irregular white streaks, and faint labyrinthine markings. The hindwings are plain brown. The male moths have a wingspan of about 8 cms.

Abantiades obscura
female
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Pilbara, Western Australia)

The female adult moths also have brown forewings, each with two irregular sometimes broken white streaks, and extensive labyrinthine markings. The hindwings are plain brown. The female antennae are thinner than those of the males. The female moths have a wingspan of about 15 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Western 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. 58, 91-92, 195, 217, Plate 18.


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    (written 7 February 2020)