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Swift Moth - male

Abantiades labyrinthicus


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.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Suggestion that this could be Trictena atripalpis with tripectinate antennae (male). Awaiting confirmation.

Flight period:

T.atripalpis : April - June

A. labyrinthicus : December -March ( peak Feb)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks Luis and Cindy

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Great series Leuba!

Amazing pattern and red eyes! Great spotting, Leuba!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

...for J :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Added a photo... :)

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

very nice!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

You're welcome J and thanks Gilma !. I too love and was intrigued by the intricate patterns along the inner margin - like Maori face paint - the moko !!. It looked primitive and beautiful.
I hope he found a mate instead of hanging around the bright lights...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Great find ! These are unusual and 'primitive' moths. This one has fabulous clear and strong markings which they seem to lose far too easily before dying. Hope it achieves it's purpose soon. :)

NIce looking moth, beautiful pattern on the wings.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

I especially like the patterns on the inside of the forewing.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

What an amazing, awesome moth! I love this one so much! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 28, 2013
Submitted on Jan 29, 2013

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