Fraus latistria Nielsen & Kristensen, 1989
Buttongrass Fraus
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(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

  • Buttongrass ( Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus, POACEAE ).

    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

  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Axel Kallies,
    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.


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    (written 14 December 2016)