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Splendid Ghost Moth - male

Aenetus ligniveren


A striking green moth with diagonal thin white markings on its wings. The abdomen was also green with forked tufts of short white setae. Hind wings were white. Legs were also covered with green setae. Eyes were large. Antennae were fairly short and feathery.


Flew into the house, attracted by bright lights. There are mixed native trees in the area.


The female of this species is equally special, seen here
The larvae of these moths live in tunnels that they bore in stems of food plants. They come out to feed at night and return to the tunnels closing the opening with a screen of chewed wood material.
Family: Hepialidae

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Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Beautiful series showing the moth from various angles!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Oops ! Thanks Daniele.

DanielePralong a year ago

Beautiful find Leuba!
You need to change the species name to ligniveren :-)

ForestDragon a year ago

Wonderful find!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Yes, very lucky !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

At last. What a little beauty.

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Nov 30, 2017
Submitted on Nov 30, 2017


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