Chequered Ghost Moth
Undescribed Tussock Moth
Larva 2, dorsal
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Swift Moth (:Hepialoidea Hepialidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Chequered Ghost Moth (Fraus polyspila)|
|This Photo:||🔍Male: ventral🔎|
|Other name:||Chequered Fraus|
Thank you Prof Victor W Fazio III for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
About 13mm long & 32mm wingspan.
Typically Ghost moths are amoung the larger moths in Australia, spanning the width of a large hand. So it was a complete surprise to us to realise this little moth was in the same family as the giants
Apparantly the scales fall off very easily so on-line photo's look very different to each other as the pattern dissapears.
Thanks Ethan for letting us know the one we found is a male.
We have photographed over 10 males & 1 female in April & May.