Oncopera alpina Tindale, 1933
Alpine Corbie
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Oncopera alpina
male, monochrome grey-scale photo by Norman B. Tindale
, digitally tinted,
Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae),
Records of the South Australian Museum, Volume 5 (1933), p. 29, fig. 43,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by South Australian Museum.

The Caterpillars of this species live underground, feeding on the roots of Australian native alpine grasses, including

  • Snow Grass ( Poa sieberiana, POACEAE ).

    The adult moths have dark brown forewings, sometimes with sinuous pale brown markings. The hindwings are plain dark brown. The wingspan of both sexes is about 4 cms.

    The species is found in the mountains, on the borders of:

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, Pl. 2.8, p. 149.

    Axel Kallies,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
    Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 16-17.

    Norman B. Tindale,
    Revision of the Australian ghost moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae). Part II,
    Records of the South Australian Museum,
    Volume 5 (1933), pp. 27-29, and figs. 40-47.


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    (written 16 October 2016)