Hepialidae
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Hepialidae

5 species. Large moths traditionally included amongst the Macrolepidoptera but in fact a basal family in the suborder Glossata. Imagines are crepuscular and nocturnal. The males fly at dusk and some exhibit "lekking" behaviour. Females are attracted to light in small numbers and sometimes males also shortly after dark. Ova are scattered usually in flight, and the larvae are subterranean, feeding on the roots of various herbs, grasses, and ferns. They pupate in the soil.

 
3.001 15 Orange Swift
(Triodia sylvina)
3.002 17 Common Swift
(Korscheltellus lupulina)
3.003 18 Map-winged Swift
(Korscheltellus fusconebulosa)
3.004 16 Gold Swift
(Phymatopus hecta)
3.005 14 Ghost Moth
(Hepialus humuli)
   

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