Aenetus scotti (Scott, 1869)
(formerly known as Charagia scotti) HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The Caterpillars of this moth feed by boring into the stems of many species of trees and bushes, including

  • Aussie Native Wisteria ( Callerya megasperma, FABACEAE ),
  • Socketwood ( Daphnandra micrantha, MONIMIACEAE ),
  • White Doughwood ( Euodia micrococca, RUTACEAE ),
  • Aussie Native Tamarind ( Diploglottis australis, SAPINDACEAE ),
  • Nettle Tree ( Dendrocnide excelsa, URTICACEAE ), and
  • Lantana ( Lantana camara, VERBENACEAE ).

    The adult moths of both sexes of this species have green forewings and orange hindwings, and an orange abdomen that shades to green at the tip. The wingspan is about 10 cms.

    The species occurs in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 2.13, p. 148.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 96.

    Alexander Walker Scott,
    On the genus Charagia of Walker,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 2 (1869) p. 34-35, No. 7.


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    (written 29 April 2016)