Brown Ghost Moth, Pindi Moth
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Maydena, Tasmania)
The caterpillars of this species dig vertical tunnels in the ground and are known to feed on the roots of:
both of MYRTACEAE.
The caterpillars pupate at the bottom of their tunnel.
These adult moths are grey-brown with variable white flashes and other more complex faint markings on the forewings. The hindwings are plain brown. The moths have unipectinate antennae. The male moths have a wingspan of about 8 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 18.2, pp. 60, 150.
Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 22-23.
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, pp. 72, 75, 76, 161, 190, Plates 8. 44.
Norman B. Tindale,
Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae) ,
Records of the South Australian Museum,
Volume 4, Part 4 (1935), pp. 530-532, figs. 54-56.
(updated 17 September 2011)