HEPIALIDAE , HEPIALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Great Western, Victoria)
The caterpillars of this species are thought to excavate and live in vertical tunnels in the ground, and to emerge at night to feed on herbaceous plants.
The adult moths have brown forewings with a variable pattern of dark spots. The males have a wingspan of about 8 cms. The females have a wingspan of about 9 cms.
The species has been found in :
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 18.3, p. 150.
Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 30-31.
Norman B. Tindale,
Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae),
Records of the South Australian Museum,
Volume 5, Part 3 (1935), pp. 298-299, figs. 25, 70-72.
(updated 16 July 2010, 17 September 2013)