Eastern Pale Rain Moth
Male, ventral
Ellura
Chequered Ghost Moth
Male: dorsal
 
    
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:     Pupal Case
Synonym: Trictena

Thank you Ethan Beaver for identifying this species for us

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
We don't know which species this pupal case belongs to, but Ethan kindly told us it was from an Abantiades sp
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 © 2018- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Sep-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.