Swift Ghost Moth
HEPIALIDAE , HEPIALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Marion Purnell, near Coffs Harbour, New South Wales)
These caterpillars are borers, having been found in:
The adult moths emerge in late summer (February and March).
The female adult moths of this species have green forewings with white markings, and pale orange hindwings. they have a wingspan of about 10 cms.
The males have blue-green forewings with white markings, and also blue-green hindwings. Their wingspan is about 8 cms. The colour of the males fades over time in museum specimens.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 1.6, 1.7, p. 148.
Alexander Walker Scott,
On the genus Charagia of Walker,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of New South Wales,
Volume 2 (1869) p. 32, No. 5.
(updated 21 March 2011)