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Ghost moth (♂)

Abantiades atripalpis


A beautiful uniquely Australian moth with a wingspan of about 100mm. Intriguing maze-like patterns around the wing margins. Mostly cream, pale pink, dark chocolate brown. Antennae are tripectinate.


Under night security lights next to a national park.


This moth is difficult to distinguish from another (Abantiades labyrinthicus) except the antennae are tripectinate. The range of each is also common but the Abantiades is only seen before February and the Trictena is only found after January. .... very interesting.
Update.. Trictena is now replaced by Abantiades.

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Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

awesome wing design

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Nice coat ! I love the last shot -dorsal view. A real beauty !!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks Neil. It's the second one I've found now but they're definitely a favourite.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

Wow, this is awesome, Mark. What a beauty! Great photos and info.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Feb 1, 2014
Submitted on Feb 2, 2014

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