Aenetus ombraloma (Lower, 1902)
(one synonym : Oenetus paradiseus Tindale, 1953)
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Aenetus ombraloma
male, monochrome greyscale photo by Norman B. Tindale, listed as Oenetus paradiseus
,
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), Plate 6, fig. 3,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by South Australian Museum.

The Caterpillars of this species have been found living in tunnels bored into the trunks of young Gum Trees ( MYRTACEAE ) of various species, including:

  • Messmate ( Eucalyptus obliqua ),
  • Mountain ash ( Eucalyptus regnans ), and
  • Yellow Gum ( Eucalyptus john-stonii ).

    The caterpillars cover the entrance to their tunnel with a web of silk, and pupate in their tunnel.

    Aenetus ombraloma
    female, monochrome greyscale photo by Norman B. Tindale, listed as Oenetus paradiseus
    ,
    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), Plate 6, fig. 4,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by South Australian Museum.

    The female adult moths have green forewings and brown hindwings. The males have brown forewings, and hind wings that are orange with a broad dark brown border. The male moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms. The female moths have a wingspan of about 8 cms.

    The species is found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 147.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 212.

    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. 77, and also Plate 6, figs 3, 4.


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    (updated 19 September 2011)