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 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.
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)