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

Oxycanus stellans
male
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on

  • Wattles ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ).

    The adult male moths have reddish or yellowish brown wings with very variable patterns of white markings 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 females are paler than the males. The wingspan of the males is about 7 cms. The wingspan of the females is about 10 cms.

    Oxycanus stellans
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Axel Kallies, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.

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


    Further reading :

    Axel Kallies,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
    Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 28-29.

    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. 308-310, and figs. 35, 86-88.


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    (written 29 December 2016)