- Species presence
- Recorded In Australia
- Terrestrial Habitats
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- Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – terrestrial invertebrates
- Brief description: Large white grub that turns into a fat grey moth.
- Description : A large creamy-white cylindrical grub (larva) with a dark head and thorax, and strong mandibles. Transforms into a large stout grey moth with long narrow wings with white dusting, and with reduced mouthparts. The forewings have a broad white stripe along their length, which may distinguish it from related species. However, this stripe and the other coloured scales on the wings are easily abraded away. Adult female wingspan 16 cm; males smaller. Mature larvae length 7 cm.
- Biology : Larvae live in the roots of Acacia shrubs, where they eat wood as they burrow through the roots. This may be at a depth of 60 cm or more below the soil surface. Mature larvae come near to the surface to pupate to make it easy for the adult moth to escape. Adults do not feed and are poor fliers, especially the females, which may be more inclined to crawl.
- Habitat: Open habitats with witjuti bushes (certain Acacia species).
- Native status: Native to Australia
- Maximum size (cm): 16
- Diet: Herbivore
- Dangerous: Harmless.
- Colours: White, brown
- Distribution: Central Australia.
- Habitat types: Terrestrial
- Commercial species: False
- Author credit: Graham Brown / Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Names and sources
|Xyleutes leucomochla Turner, 1915 Turner, 1915 Turner, 1915|
|Published in: Turner, A.J. 1915. Studies in Australian Lepidoptera. Proc. R. Soc. Qld Vol. 27 pp. 11-57|
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