Aenetus ramsayi (Scott, 1869)
Swift Ghost Moth
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


female
(Photo: courtesy of Marion Purnell, near Coffs Harbour, New South Wales)

These caterpillars are borers, having been found in:

  • Flooded Gum ( Eucalyptus grandis, MYRTACEAE ), and
  • Australian Tamarind ( Diploglottis australis, SAPINDACEAE ).


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Marion Purnell, near Coffs Harbour, New South Wales)

    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.


    female
    (Picture: courtesy of Shell Australia)

    The species is found in

  • New South Wales, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common, Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 1.6, 1.7, p. 148.


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    (updated 21 March 2011)