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

Oxycanus sirpus
male
(Photo: courtesy of Axel Kallies, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)

The adult moths of this species have reddish or yellowish brown wings with very variable patterns on the forewings. The hindwings are plain reddish or yellowish brown. A mat of red or pink hairs extend across the bases particularly of the hindwings. The wingspan of the males is about 6-9 cms. The wingspan of the females is about 11 cms.

Oxycanus sirpus
male
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)

The species has been found in the mountains of:

  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Axel Kallies,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
    Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 30-31.

    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. 322-324, and figs. 47, 112, 113.


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    (written 29 December 2016)