HEPIALIDAE , HEPIALOIDEA
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
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:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, Pl. 2.8, p. 149.
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.
(written 16 October 2016)