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Variable Oxycanus -3

Oxycanus dirempta


This is a third moth of the dirempta species. It had wider white patches on the fore wings. Two thin white streaks from shoulder to trailing margin and small patches of dark brown as in the other moths of the species. The hind wings, abdomen and antennae were a brownish pink. Wing span was about 60 mm.


Spotted near a national park under bright lights.


This moth had died recently.
Larvae live in tunnels usually under acacia wattle. They pupate under ground and emerge as adults. Moths of this species do not have mouth parts and therefore do not feed as adults. They therefore live for only a week.
Family: Hepialidae

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Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Lat: -37.89, Long: 145.31

Spotted on May 22, 2018
Submitted on May 23, 2018

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