(previously known as Xyleutes amphiplecta)
ZEUZERINAE, COSSIDAE, COSSOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Jesse & Peter Koch, Cape Arid, Western Australia)
The Caterpillars of this species 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. The females 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 generally 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.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), pp. 68-69.
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, 26 January 2021)