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

Abantiades pallida
male
(Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Hyden, Western Australia)

The male adult moths of this species have pale fawn forewings, each decorated with a complex pattern of white markings including two white flashes. The hindwings are plain fawn. The male moths appear to have tripectinate antennae. The male moths have a wingspan of about 11 cms.

Abantiades pallida
female
(Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Koorda, Western Australia)

The female adult moths also have pale fawn forewings, each decorated with a pattern of white markings, including one white flash. 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 13 cms.

The species has been found in

  • South Australia, and
  • 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. 51, 55, 59, 90, 195, 238, Plate 16.


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    (written 11 August 2020)