(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.
Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 16-17.
The ecology of Oncopera intricata Walker and Oncopera rufobrunnea Tindale (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae),
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)