Trictena atripalpis - Rain Moth


Trictena atripalpis
Mid April 2015
Marion Bay
Emerging after rain.  A series of individuals.
Collected under the outdoor light.


Larval/Pupal Hole
Over a week a half emerged pupa was visible and irresistible for photographing. The Hepialid larvae live in silk lined holes and come out at night to feed. They then pupate in the hole.  Trictena atripalpis often leave their pupal case half out of their exit hole.
Day 1
 
Day 2
 
Day 5

Day 6
  
Day 7. The hole was 20 cm deep, assuming there were no bends.