HEPIALIDAE , HEPIALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Axel Kallies, Moths of Victoria: Part 6)
It is thought that these Caterpillars live in tunnels in the ground by day, and emerge at night to feed on
The caterpillars probably pupate in their tunnel
The adult moths are greyish brown, with a broad white streak along each forewing. The females are similar to but paler than the males. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 8-9.
Ebbe Nielsen & Niels Peder Kristensen
Primitive Ghost Moths : Morphology and Taxonomy of the Australian Genus Fraus Walker (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae s. lat.)
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 1,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 1989.
(written 14 December 2016)