Rain Moth
Female: ventral
Ellura
Eastern Pale Rain Moth
Male, dorsal, wings closed
 
    
Eastern Pale Rain Moth (Abantiades tembyi)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Swift Moth (:Hepialoidea Hepialidae)
Species: Eastern Pale Rain Moth (Abantiades tembyi)
This Photo:     Male: dorsal, wings open
Synonym: Trictena

Thank you Ethan Beaver for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Very large moth ~55m long, with a wingspan of ~115mm
Dark grey with light grey lightening pattern on the wings
After discovering the horn on the Forked Grass moth recently, we wanted to clearly show the projections out the front of this species were in fact part of the palps, and not an additional appendage.
Ethan told us "tembyi" is in honour of Nick Temby who collected several critical specimens out near Ceduna.
The pupal case is not necessarily the same species as the moth; but this is the only Abantiades we've found on Ellura and Ethan says they are very specific about where they live.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 15-May-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.