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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Exoporia
Superfamilia: Hepialoidea

Familia: Hepialidae
Genus: Aenetus
Species: A. albadamanteum – A. arfaki – A. astathes – A. bilineatus – A. blackburnii – A. cohici – A. crameri – A. dulcis – A. eugyna – A. eximia – A. hampsoni – A. lewinii – A. ligniveren – A. maiasinus – A. marginatus – A. mirabilis – A. montanus – A. moorei – A. ombraloma – A. ramsayi – A. scotti – A. scripta – A. sibelae – A. simonseni – A. sordida – A. splendens – A. sumatraensis – A. tegulatus – A. tephroptilus – A. thermistis – A. toxopeusi – A. trigonogrammus – A. virescens

Aenetus Herrich-Schäffer, 1855

Type species: Hepialus lignivorus Lewin

Charagia Walker, 1856
Oenetus Kirby, 1892

Primary references
Additional references

Beaver, E.P. 2019. A new species of Aenetus Herrich-Schäffer (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) from Tasmania, with notes on the splendens group of species in South Australia. Australian Entomologist 46(3): 125-138. Reference page.
Beaver, E.P., Moore, M.D., Grehan, J.R., Velasco-Castrillón, A. & Stevens, M.I. 2020. Four new species of Splendid Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae: Aenetus) from Australia and Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 4809(3): 449–474. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4809.3.2. Paywall. Reference page.
Grehan, J.R., Witt, T.J. & Ignatev, N. 2018. New Species of Aenetus from Sumatra, Indonesia (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) and a 5,000 km biogeographic disjunction. Entomofauna 39(2): 849–862. PDF. Reference page.
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 (6): 823–878.

Aenetus is a genus of moths of the family Hepialidae. There are 24 described species found in Indonesia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand. Most species have green or blue forewings and reddish hindwings, but some are predominantly brown or white. The larvae feed in the trunks of living trees, burrowing horizontally into the trunk, then vertically down.

Aenetus arfaki (New Guinea)
Aenetus astathes (Western Australia)
Aenetus bilineatus (New Guinea) [1]
Aenetus blackburnii - Blackburn's ghost moth (South Australia; Victoria, Australia) [1]
Aenetus cohici (New Caledonia) [2]
Aenetus crameri (New Guinea)
Aenetus dulcis (Western Australia) [3]
Food plant: Agonis
Aenetus djernaesae (Western Australia ) [2]
Aenetus edwardsi (Queensland, Australia) [2]
Aenetus eugyna (New Guinea)
Aenetus eximia - common ghost moth (southern Queensland to Victoria, Australia) [4]
Recorded food plants: Daphnandra, Dodonaea, Doryphora, Eucalyptus, Glochidion, Nothofagus, Prostanthera, Waterhousea
Aenetus hampsoni (New Guinea)
Aenetus lewinii (southern Queensland to New South Wales, Australia)
Recorded food plants: Casuarina, Leptospermum
Aenetus ligniveren - common splendid ghost moth (Southern Queensland to South Australia) [5]
Recorded food plants: Acacia, Acmena, Callistemon, Dodonaea, Eucalyptus, Lantana, Leptospermum, Lophostemon, Malus, Melaleuca, Olearia, Pomaderris, Prostanthera, Rubus
Aenetus marginatus (New Guinea)
Aenetus mirabilis - North Queensland swift moth (Queensland) [6]
Food plant: Alphitonia
Aenetus montanus (Victoria and New South Wales, Australia) [7]
Food plant: Eucalyptus
Aenetus ombraloma (Tasmania)
Food plant: Eucalyptus
Aenetus ramsayi (Queensland and New South Wales) [8]
Recorded food plants: Diploglottis, Eucalyptus
Aenetus scotti (Queensland and New South Wales, Australia) [9]
Recorded food plants: Daphnandra, Dendrocnide, Diploglottis, Eucalyptus, Lantana, Tetradium
Aenetus scripta (Western Australia) [10]
Aenetus sordida (New Guinea)
Aenetus splendens (southern Queensland and New South Wales Australia) [11]

Recorded food plants: Callicoma, Casuarina, Eugenia, Trema

Aenetus sumatraensis (Sumatra, Indonesia) [3]
Aenetus tegulatus (Indonesia, New Guinea) [12]
Aenetus tephroptilus (Western Australia)
Aenetus thermistis (northern Australia)
Aenetus tindalei (South Australia) [2]
Aenetus toxopeusi (New Guinea)
Aenetus virescens - puriri moth (North Island, New Zealand) [13] (New Zealand's largest native moth)
Recorded food plants: Carpodetus, Citrus, Cornus, Eucalyptus, Malus, Nothofagus, oak, Prunus, willow


Beaver, Ethan (2019). "A new species of Aenetus Herrich-Schäffer (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) from New Guinea". Australian Entomologist. 46: 47–55.
Simonsen, Thomas (2018). Splendid Ghost Moths and Their Allies - A Revision of Australian Abantiades, Oncopera, Aenetus, Archaeoaenetus and Zelotypia (Hepialidae). CSIRO publishing. ISBN 9781486307470.
Grehan, John (2018). "New Species of Aenetus from Sumatra, Indonesia (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) and a 5,000 km biogeographic disjunction". Entomofauna. 39/2: 849–862.

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