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Puriri moth (Aenetus virescens)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hepialidae
Genus: Aenetus
Herrich-Schäffer, 1855

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  • Charagia Walker, 1856
  • Phloiopsyche Scott, 1864
  • Oenetus Kirby, 1892
  • Choragia Pagenstecher, 1909
  • Oenetes Oke, 1953

Aenetus is a genus of moths of the family Hepialidae. There are 24 described species found in Indonesia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand. Most species have green or blue forewings and reddish hindwings, but some are predominantly brown or white. The larvae feed in the trunks of living trees, burrowing horizontally into the trunk, then vertically down.


Recorded food plants: Callicoma, Casuarina, Eugenia, Trema

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