Oxycanus silvanus Tindale, 1935
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Oxycanus silvanus
(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 species has been found in :

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 18.3, p. 150.


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    (updated 16 July 2010, 17 September 2013)