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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

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 ibaird500
Swift  and Ghost moth (Hepialidae) Oxycanus sp. (genus) 6 May 2018 ibaird500

Author's notes

Attracted to MV light at night.

2 comments

ibaird500 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

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus at O'Connor, ACT - 22 Jul 2018 Hednota longipalpella at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018 Smyriodes sp nr aplectaria at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018 Chlenias nodosus 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 Monopis icterogastra at O'Connor, ACT - 12 Feb 2018 Leistarcha scitissimella at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018 Ectropis excursaria at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018 Thallarcha partita at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018 Caedicia sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018 Epicoma contristis at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018 Elhamma australasiae at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018 Tenodera australasiae at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018 Pseudanapaea sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018 Hellula hydralis at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018 Syringoseca rhodoxantha at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018 Idaea inversata at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018 Dissomorphia australiaria at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018 Torbia viridissima at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018 Doritifera pinguis at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018 Ardozyga telopis at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018 Peritropha oligodrachma at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018 Scopula rubraria at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018 Phrissogonus laticostata at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018 Proteuxoa sanguinipuncta at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Feb 2018 Heoclisis fundata at O'Connor, ACT - 2 Feb 2018 Pantydia sparsa at O'Connor, ACT - 31 Jan 2018 Proteuxoa verecunda at O'Connor, ACT - 31 Jan 2018 Orgyia anartoides at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2018 Labidura sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Jan 2018 Wingia aurata at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Jan 2018 Gastrinodes bitaeniaria at O'Connor, ACT - 16 Jan 2018 Endotricha pyrosalis at O'Connor, ACT - 16 Jan 2018 Salma cholica at O'Connor, ACT - 15 Jan 2018 Gastrinodes argoplaca at O'Connor, ACT - 14 Jan 2018 Dithalama cosmospila at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Jan 2018 Leptocneria reducta at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Jan 2018 Pilopres antidoxa at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Jan 2018 Hypertropha chlaenota at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Jan 2018 Rhuma argyraspis at O'Connor, ACT - 5 Jan 2018 Tymbophora peltastis at O'Connor, ACT - 5 Jan 2018 Galanga labeculata at O'Connor, ACT - 5 Jan 2018 Suhpalacsa sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 5 Jan 2018 Oenechroma vetustaria at O'Connor, ACT - 5 Jan 2018 Palimmeces leucopelta at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018 Zonopetala decisana at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018 Spilosoma canescens at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018 Hypobapta diffundens at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018 Helicoverpa punctigera at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018 Garrha sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018 Macrobathra chrysotoxa at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018 Antictenia punctunculus at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018 Anthela varia at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018 Barea consignatella at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus at O'Connor, ACT - 22 Jul 2018
Hednota longipalpella at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Smyriodes sp nr aplectaria at O'Connor, ACT - 5 May 2018
Chlenias nodosus 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
Monopis icterogastra at O'Connor, ACT - 12 Feb 2018
Leistarcha scitissimella at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018
Ectropis excursaria at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018
Thallarcha partita at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018
Caedicia sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018
Epicoma contristis at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018
Elhamma australasiae at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018
Tenodera australasiae at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018
Pseudanapaea sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018
Hellula hydralis at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Feb 2018
Syringoseca rhodoxantha at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018
Idaea inversata at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018
Dissomorphia australiaria at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018
Torbia viridissima at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018
Doritifera pinguis at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018
Ardozyga telopis at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018
Peritropha oligodrachma at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018
Scopula rubraria at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018
Phrissogonus laticostata at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Feb 2018
Proteuxoa sanguinipuncta at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Feb 2018
Heoclisis fundata at O'Connor, ACT - 2 Feb 2018
Pantydia sparsa at O'Connor, ACT - 31 Jan 2018
Proteuxoa verecunda at O'Connor, ACT - 31 Jan 2018
Orgyia anartoides at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2018
Labidura sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Jan 2018
Wingia aurata at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Jan 2018
Gastrinodes bitaeniaria at O'Connor, ACT - 16 Jan 2018
Endotricha pyrosalis at O'Connor, ACT - 16 Jan 2018
Salma cholica at O'Connor, ACT - 15 Jan 2018
Gastrinodes argoplaca at O'Connor, ACT - 14 Jan 2018
Dithalama cosmospila at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Jan 2018
Leptocneria reducta at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Jan 2018
Pilopres antidoxa at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Jan 2018
Hypertropha chlaenota at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Jan 2018
Rhuma argyraspis at O'Connor, ACT - 5 Jan 2018
Tymbophora peltastis at O'Connor, ACT - 5 Jan 2018
Galanga labeculata at O'Connor, ACT - 5 Jan 2018
Suhpalacsa sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 5 Jan 2018
Oenechroma vetustaria at O'Connor, ACT - 5 Jan 2018
Palimmeces leucopelta at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018
Zonopetala decisana at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018
Spilosoma canescens at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018
Hypobapta diffundens at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018
Helicoverpa punctigera at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018
Garrha sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018
Macrobathra chrysotoxa at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018
Antictenia punctunculus at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018
Anthela varia at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 2018
Barea consignatella at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Jan 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
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