Abantiades

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Abantiades
Female Abantiades magnificus.jpg
Female Abantiades magnificus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hepialidae
Genus: Abantiades
Herrich-Schäffer, 1855
Species

See text.

Synonyms
  • Pielus Walker, 1856
  • Rhizopsyche Scott, 1864
Pindi Moth (A. latipennis), Tasmania
For the mythological clan begat by the Greek king Abas, see Abantiades (mythology).

Abantiades is a genus of moths of the family Hepialidae. There are 14 described species, all found exclusively in Australia. The group includes some large species with a wingspan of up to 160 mm. The larvae feed on the roots of Eucalyptus and other trees.

The Pindi Moth (A. latipennis) is an abundant species of the eucalypt forests of Tasmania and, unlike many invertebrate species, appears to adapt well to the controversial forestry practice of clearfelling.

Species[edit]

Species include

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