(one synonym is Charagia walsinghami Olliff, 1895)
male, listed as Aenetus tegulatus
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art
The Caterpillars of this species are basically cream coloured, and have been found boring the wood of:
The adult moths have mottled brown or bright green forewings, and bright pink hindwings. The female has a wingspan of about 10 cms.
The male adult moth differs from the female in being smaller and paler. The underside of the male is mainly pink.
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 Australia in
Australian specimens of this species have formerly been wrongly identified as the Indonesian species Aenetus tegulatus.
Further reading :
Ethan Beaver, Michael D. Moore, Alejandro Velasco-Castrillón,
John R. Grehan, Mark I. Stevens,
Four new species of Splendid Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae: Aenetus) from Australia and Papua New Guinea,
Volume 47809, Part 3 (July 2020), pp. 449-474.
Oswald B. Lower,
New Australian Heterocera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 18 (1894), p. 77.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 96 (listed as Aenetus tegulatus).
(written 8 August 2020, updated 18 August 2020)