The Papua Insects Foundation
The Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of Papua Indonesia
by Rob de Vos
Oxycanus eos Tindale, 1955
[Oxycanus eos Tindale, 1955] (TL: Cyclop Mts; type: BMNH)
Very similar to other species like O. diakonoffi, but the forewings are more stretched. Identification can only be certain with study of the male genitalia (left figure). Like in most other Oxycanus species there is a wide range of varieties, although most forms seem to be in the range of yellow, marbelled with brown.
STATUS: Not a common species. Seems restricted to NE Papua.
PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Ampas, Araucaria Camp, Cyclop Mts. Details in gazetteer.
EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: none.
DATA SOURCES: BMNH, RMNH. 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.
Tindale, N.B., 1955. Revision of the ghost moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae). Part VI. Records of the South Australian Museum 11(4): 307-344.