Oncopera brunneata Tindale, 1933
HEPIALIDAE,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Oncopera brunneata
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

These caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves.

The adult moths have brown forewings with a pattern of pale and dark splotches. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

The species is found in eastern Australia, including:

  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 18.11, p. 149.

    Thomas J. Simonsen,
    Splendid Ghost Moths and their Allies,
    A Revision of Australian Abantiades, Oncopera, Aenetus, Archaeoaenetus and Zelotypia (Hepialidae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 12,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2018.

    Norman B. Tindale,
    Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae) ,
    Records of the South Australian Museum,
    Volume 5, Part 1 (1932), pp. 33-34, and figs. 64-65.


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    (updated 24 May 2010)