Sthenopis auratus

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Sthenopis auratus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hepialidae
Genus: Sthenopis
Species: S. auratus
Binomial name
Sthenopis auratus
(Grote, 1878)[1]
  • Hepialus auratus Grote, 1878

Sthenopis auratus, the gold-spotted ghost moth, is a species of moth of the family Hepialidae. It was described by Grote in 1878. It is found in the north-eastern United States and south-eastern Canada.

The wingspan is 60–70 mm. The forewings are yellowish-brown with several gold spots and an indistinct whitish, pinkish, or silvery band overlaid with small angular patches. The hindwings are light yellowish-orange and unmarked.[2]

Food plants for this species include Athyrium, Dryopteris, and Matteuccia.


  1. ^ Nielsen, Ebbe S.; Robinson, Gaden S.; Wagner, David L. (2000). "Ghost-moths of the world: a global inventory and bibliography of the Exoporia (Mnesarchaeoidea and Hepialoidea) (Lepidoptera )" (PDF). Journal of Natural History 34 (6): 823–878. doi:10.1080/002229300299282. 
  2. ^ Bug Guide

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