Aenetus splendens

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Aenetus splendens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hepialidae
Genus: Aenetus
Species: A. splendens
Binomial name
Aenetus splendens
(Scott, 1864)
Synonyms
  • Charagia splendens Scott, 1864
  • Charagia acaciae Pfitzner in Pfitzner, & Gaede, 1933

Aenetus splendens is a moth of the Hepialidae family. It is known from New South Wales and Queensland.[1]

The wingspan is about 70 mm for females and 50 mm for males. Adult males have green forewings with white diagonal bars. The hindwings are shiny pale grey. Females have green forewings with variable red markings and red hindwings.[2]

The larvae bore in the stems of saplings of various plants, including Syzygium smithii, Callistemon, Eucalyptus, Callicoma serratifolia, Trema aspera, Casuarina, Dodonaea, Lantana camara, Pandorea pandorana and Rubus. They create a web made of silk and sawdust which covers the entrance to the tunnel. Pupation takes place inside the tunnel.

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