Swift  and Ghost moth (Hepialidae)Oxycanus silvanus

Pale Oxycanus at O'Connor, ACT

3 images

Oxycanus silvanus at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Oxycanus silvanus at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Oxycanus silvanus at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Oxycanus silvanus at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Oxycanus silvanus at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018

Identification history

Swift  and Ghost moth (Hepialidae) Oxycanus silvanus 16 May 2018 GlennCocking
Swift  and Ghost moth (Hepialidae) Oxycanus silvanus 16 May 2018 zelotypia
Swift  and Ghost moth (Hepialidae) Oxycanus silvanus 14 May 2018 ibaird501
Swift  and Ghost moth (Hepialidae) Oxycanus sp. (genus) 6 May 2018 ibaird501

Author's notes

Attracted to MV light at night.

2 comments

ibaird501 wrote:
   6 May 2018
While we know Oxycanus sp. are difficult to identify, reference to the Moths of Victoria guide (part 5) suggests to me this specimen may be O. australis although we know that species has primarily a Tasmanian and Victorian distribution, but that it has been recorded at this latitude, albeit east of here in the coastal hinterland (Neilsen pers. comm.). By reference to MoV for Oxycanus with orange antennae, this specimens seems to me to have rami which are longer than O. dirempta, but not long enough to be O. antipoda or other alternatives. There is a good image of a moth named O. antipoda recorded in the ACT on the ALA and its antennae, to my eye are longer, consistent with the MoV guide. I am interested to here what my peers think! See my blow-up of the antennae, third image, for reference.
   14 May 2018
I believe it is O. silvanus, the antennae and forewing pattern fit, and it is common in the ACT

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Nearby sightings

Hednota longipalpella at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Smyriodes sp nr aplectaria at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Chlenias banksiaria group at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Smyriodes sp nr aplectaria at O'Connor, ACT - 4 May 2018
Chloroclystis filata at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Apr 2018
Fisera sp.(genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 26 Apr 2018
Scopula rubraria at O'Connor, ACT - 26 Apr 2018
Philobota orescoa at O'Connor, ACT - 26 Apr 2018
Poecilasthena pulchraria at O'Connor, ACT - 26 Apr 2018
Hednota pedionoma at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Apr 2018
Oxycanus sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Apr 2018
Plesanemma fucata at O'Connor, ACT - 20 Apr 2018
Chloroclystis insilligata at O'Connor, ACT - 20 Apr 2018
Phrissogonus laticostata at O'Connor, ACT - 20 Apr 2018
Hoplostega ochroma at O'Connor, ACT - 20 Apr 2018
Stibaroma sp.(genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Apr 2018
Achyra affinitalis at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Apr 2018
Smyriodes trigramma at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Apr 2018
Dasygaster padockina at O'Connor, ACT - 15 Apr 2018
Proteuxoa sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 15 Apr 2018
Paralaea porphyrinaria at O'Connor, ACT - 12 Apr 2018
Harmonia conformis at O'Connor, ACT - 12 Apr 2018
Unplaced cosmopis at O'Connor, ACT - 11 Apr 2018
Smyriodes sp nr aplectaria at O'Connor, ACT - 11 Apr 2018
Chelepteryx collesi at O'Connor, ACT - 11 Apr 2018
Sandava xylistis at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Apr 2018
Thalaina clara at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Apr 2018
Threnosia heminephes at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Apr 2018
Agriophara platyscia at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Scioglyptis lyciaria at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Scioglyptis lyciaria at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Lepidoscia sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Castulo doubledayi at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Oenosandra boisduvalli at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Ectropis fractaria at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Thallarcha partita at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Mar 2018
Utetheisa pulchelloides at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Mar 2018
Simplicia armatalis at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Mar 2018
Proteuxoa porphyrescens at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Mar 2018
Proteuxoa tortisigna at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Mar 2018
Chrysolarentia squamulata at O'Connor, ACT - 16 Mar 2018
Sophta concavata at O'Connor, ACT - 22 Feb 2018
Crocanthes micradelpha at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Galleria mellonella at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Epitymbia cosmota at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Heteroteucha translatella at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Ectopatria horologa at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Ocrasa acerasta at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Proteuxoa capularis at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Feb 2018
Heteromicta pachytera at O'Connor, ACT - 12 Feb 2018
Hednota longipalpella at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Smyriodes sp nr aplectaria at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Chlenias banksiaria group at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Smyriodes sp nr aplectaria at O'Connor, ACT - 4 May 2018
Chloroclystis filata at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Apr 2018
Fisera sp.(genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 26 Apr 2018
Scopula rubraria at O'Connor, ACT - 26 Apr 2018
Philobota orescoa at O'Connor, ACT - 26 Apr 2018
Poecilasthena pulchraria at O'Connor, ACT - 26 Apr 2018
Hednota pedionoma at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Apr 2018
Oxycanus sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Apr 2018
Plesanemma fucata at O'Connor, ACT - 20 Apr 2018
Chloroclystis insilligata at O'Connor, ACT - 20 Apr 2018
Phrissogonus laticostata at O'Connor, ACT - 20 Apr 2018
Hoplostega ochroma at O'Connor, ACT - 20 Apr 2018
Stibaroma sp.(genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Apr 2018
Achyra affinitalis at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Apr 2018
Smyriodes trigramma at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Apr 2018
Dasygaster padockina at O'Connor, ACT - 15 Apr 2018
Proteuxoa sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 15 Apr 2018
Paralaea porphyrinaria at O'Connor, ACT - 12 Apr 2018
Harmonia conformis at O'Connor, ACT - 12 Apr 2018
Unplaced cosmopis at O'Connor, ACT - 11 Apr 2018
Smyriodes sp nr aplectaria at O'Connor, ACT - 11 Apr 2018
Chelepteryx collesi at O'Connor, ACT - 11 Apr 2018
Sandava xylistis at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Apr 2018
Thalaina clara at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Apr 2018
Threnosia heminephes at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Apr 2018
Agriophara platyscia at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Scioglyptis lyciaria at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Scioglyptis lyciaria at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Lepidoscia sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Castulo doubledayi at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Oenosandra boisduvalli at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Ectropis fractaria at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Mar 2018
Thallarcha partita at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Mar 2018
Utetheisa pulchelloides at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Mar 2018
Simplicia armatalis at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Mar 2018
Proteuxoa porphyrescens at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Mar 2018
Proteuxoa tortisigna at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Mar 2018
Chrysolarentia squamulata at O'Connor, ACT - 16 Mar 2018
Sophta concavata at O'Connor, ACT - 22 Feb 2018
Crocanthes micradelpha at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Galleria mellonella at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Epitymbia cosmota at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Heteroteucha translatella at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Ectopatria horologa at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Ocrasa acerasta at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Feb 2018
Proteuxoa capularis at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Feb 2018
Heteromicta pachytera at O'Connor, ACT - 12 Feb 2018

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Location information

  • Coordinates 149.113272-35.259580
  • Altitude 600.3m
  • Places O'Connor, ACT

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 5 May 2018 11:07 PM Recorded on
  • ibaird Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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