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Is this a Bogan moth?
Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 5:27 AM
Came home tonight during the rain, found this little bird shaking its wings in the corner. It was very dark, and I initially thought it was a bit of plastic shaking in the wind, except there was no wind.
I’ve seen many big moths, we are in a bogan migration path apparently (Canberra Australia) but I’ve never anything this big before, and its tail seemed fatter than Im used to seeing. Just wanted to know if its size was unusual, and what type of moth it is.
Feel free to keep/use the pics if they’re interesting. I have a short movie clip of it shaking its wings, but its very dark.
Ken
Canberra Australia

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Hi Ken,
While it looks vaguely Sphinxlike, we do not believe your moth is a Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae. We did a cursory search on the Csiro Australian Moth site, but had no luck. We have found references to Bogan Moths being eaten in Australia, but the photos seem to be of widely differing species. We haven’t the time to more fully research your question right now, and it is our hope that some reader will provide an answer.

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Comment: Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 6:50 PM
Try Hepialidae, a lot of Australian ones look like chubby awkward sphinx moths, maybe Abantiades sp.

We researched this on Csiro Entomology page  and found a likely Abantiades hydrographus and Abantiades marcidus.

Update:  August 5, 2012
We are trying to clean up some unidentified postings and we realized some of our previous links are no longer active.  We can link to a page on Ghost Moths from Australia on the Atlas of Living Australia website.

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5 Responses to Large Ghost Moth from Australia

  1. MikeH says:

    Try Hepialidae, a lot of Australian ones look like chubby awkward sphinx moths, maybe Abantiades sp.

  2. dynastes23 says:

    I’ve seen these before ,its a giant wood boring moth from austrialia cossidae family subspecies
    XYLEUTES or ENDOXYLA cant tell. Your moth is female hope this helps

  3. dghewitt says:

    Just as a matter of interest – the moths around Canberra are Bogong (not bogan) moths – Agrotis infusa.

  4. embaus says:

    Hi WTB, ROFL -query should have been about a BogonG Moth not a Bogan Moth (would love to see the latter: sporting a mullet, wearing acid-wash stretch denim jeans and uggs driving a clapped-out Commodore…). Moth named after Mt Bogong:
    http://australianmuseum.net.au/Bogong-Moth
    Bogan is a pejorative social descriptor: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bogan

    This moth looks a bit too big to be a Bogong moth. If Ken really is in a bogan migration path he is very unfortunate.

  5. quenda says:

    This is prob rather late but only just seen this site. This is definitely a swift moth, and prob is Abantiades. Called rain moths as often come out after rain. Yours prob had just hatched and was still dr ying its wings

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