Oxycanus sphragidias (Meyrick, 1890)
Tasmanian Oxycanus
(formerly known as Porina sphragidias)
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Oxycanus sphragidias
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

The adult moths of this species have chocolate-brown forewings. each with a variable patchy pattern including reddish curly lines.

Oxycanus sphragidias
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

The hindwings are brown with obscure markings which are clearer near the costas. The wingspan is about 6 cms.

Oxycanus sphragidias
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in :

  • Tasmania.

    Oxycanus sphragidias
    head close-up
    (Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. III,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 4, Part 4 (1890), pp. 1123-1124, No. 9.


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    (written 1 July 2019)