(one synonym : Hepialus cyanochlora Lower, 1894)
HEPIALIDAE , HEPIALOIDEA
male, green form
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art
The young caterpillars of this species feed on dead leaves. Older caterpillars bore into the trunks of various species of live young trees, including
The adult moths have mottled brown or bright green forewings, and pink hindwings. The female has a wingspan of about 4 cms. The male adult moth differs from the female in being smaller and paler. Both sexes have long abdomens, that project beyond the wings in their natural resting posture. The adults are nocturnal fliers, and are attracted to lights.
The species occurs in
and in Australia in
Further reading :
A Splendid Ghost Moth from Iron Range, North Queensland,
Issue 52 (March 2009), pp. 5-7,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Jahrbücher des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde,
Volume 41 (1888), p. 127, No. 328.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 96.
(updated 9 November 2012, 29 April 2016)