(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
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.
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, 7 April 2018)