HEPIALIDAE , HEPIALOIDEA
(Drawing: courtesy of the Department of Agriculture, Tasmania)
These Caterpillars live underground, feeding on the roots of Grass ( POACEAE ).
The adult moths of this species have brown forewings with a dark pattern of splotches. The hindwings are plain brown.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 47, 145, 149.
Gerald F. Hill,
The Tasmanian Grass Grub, Oncopera Intricata Walker.
A Preliminary Report on Its Life History, and Methods of Control,
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pamphlet no. 11, 1929.
The ecology of Oncopera intricata Walker and Oncopera rufobrunnea Tindale (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae),
Research Bulletin, No. 3 (1960), Department of Agriculture, Tasmania
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 7 (1856), p. 1559, No. 1.
(updated 24 May 2010)