Aenetus eximia

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Aenetus eximia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hepialidae
Genus: Aenetus
Species: A. eximia
Binomial name
Aenetus eximia
(Scott, 1869)
  • Charagia eximia Scott, 1869
  • Hepialus hilaris Lucas, 1891
  • Charagia pomalis Swinhoe, 1892
  • Charagia coreeba Olliff, 1895

Aenetus eximia is a moth of the Hepialidae family. It is known from southern Queensland, Australia, to Tasmania.

The wingspan is about 70 mm. Adult males are blue-green. Females are green with two spots on each forewing. The hindwings are orange with green borders.[1]

The larvae feed on a wide range of plants, including Syzygium smithii, Eucalyptus grandis, Waterhousea floribunda, Tristaniopsis, Doryphora sassafrass, Daphnandra micrantha, Glochidion ferdinandi, Nothofagus moorei, Prostanthera lasianthos, Dodonea viscosa, Diploglottis australis, Pomaderris aspera, Dendrocnide excelsa, Lantana camara and Olearia argophylla.[2] They live in tunnels and dig down into the trunk and root of their host plant. Pupation takes place inside the tunnel.