The Papua Insects Foundation
The Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of Papua Indonesia
by Rob de Vos
Oxycanus aegrus (Viette, 1956)
[Paraoxycanus aegrus Viette, 1956] (TL: Iebele Camp, Dutch New Guinea; type: RMNH)
Oxycanus species are quite difficult to identify externally, especially because most species show a wide range of variation. For 100% reliable identifications it is necessary to study the male genitalia of which an overview of most species is given by Tindale (1955) and Viette (1950, 1952, 1956). The tegumen of the male genitalia of all species is diagnostic (see left figure). Some of the most occurring wing pattern variations are shown here.
STATUS: A very variable species, though the forewing pattern of spots is rather constant.
PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Baliem Camp, Bilogai, Iebele Camp. Details in gazetteer.
EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: none.
DATA SOURCES: RMNH, ZMAN. Literature (see below).
Nielsen, E.S., G.S. Robinson & D.L. Wagner, 2000. Ghost-moths of the world: a global inventory and bibliography of the Exoporia (Mnesarchaeoidea and Hepialoidea) (Lepidoptera). Journal of Natural History 34: 823–878.
Viette, P.L., 1956. Contribution a l'etude des Hepialidae (Lepidoptera) (32eme note). Hepialidae de Nouvelle-Guinee. Nova Guinea, new series 7(1): 41-58.