(previously known as Xyleutes amphiplecta)
ZEUZERINAE, COSSIDAE, COSSOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
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, with a length 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, 22 May 2021, 20 February 2022)