Oxycanus promiscuus Tindale, 1935
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Oxycanus promiscuus
male
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Walpole, Western Australia)

The adult moths of this species have yellowish brown forewings, each with variable markings, including a dark-edged irregular mark by the middle of the costa an sometimes an irregular submarginal band of dark-edged pale spots. The hindwings are plain reddish or yellowish brown. The wingspan of the males is about 7 cms.

Oxycanus promiscuus
female
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Walpole, Western Australia)

The female forewings are similar to those of the males, but with fewer markings. The female hindwings are pale greyish brown. The wingspan of the females is about 10 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Norman B. Tindale,
    Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae) Part III,
    Records of the South Australian Museum,
    Volume 5 (1935), pp. 314-315, and figs. 40, 67, 68.


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    (written 7 February 2020)