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A large moth with a wing span of 120mm. Wings were slightly tented up, a deep rich brown with delicate filigree-like patterns along the inner margins and a pair of white slashes on each fore-wing. Hind wings were plain and a peachy-brown colour. Thorax and legs were covered with dense velvety pinkish-grey setae. Antennae were feathery. Abdomen was also covered with dense setae.
Spotted fluttering under bright lights in a used car yard.
An exciting find ! This beautiful moth is a male. Females do not appear to have the distinct white slashes on the wings and, are much larger ( wingspan 160mm) A hepialid moth, it's larvae are said to feed on tree roots. http://www1.ala.org.au/gallery2/v/Hepial...