(previously known as Xyleutes amphiplecta)
ZEUZERINAE , COSSIDAE , COSSOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
These Caterpillars live underground, feeding on the roots of:
The male adult moths have a pattern of light and dark fawn on the wings. They have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The females have reduced wings and cannot fly. They are much larger than the males, and have a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The eggs are laid as a gelatinous mass in the earth by the female pushing her abdomen into the soil. The eggs are spheroidal and off-white wth a brown tip, and have a diameter of about 1 mm.
The species occurs in inland Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, figs. 27.4, 27.5, p. 271.
A. Jefferis Turner,
New Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 56 (1932), p. 195.
(updated 23 July 2010, 24 February 2017)