Elhamma australasiae Walker, 1856 (Hepialidae)
Elhamma australasiae Walker, 1856 (Hepialidae). Photo 14 Feb 2019. This is the only species in the genus and obviously smaller than most members of the family. Females are plain but patterns and colours in males can be extremely variable. They appear in late summer and autumn. Adults emerge at dusk with numbers decreasing towards midnight increasing again before dawn when females tend to arrive. The adults are short-lived. Their larvae feed on grasses (Poaceae). This individual was recorded live before midnight, 13 February, 2019, photographed at ~ 1 am then released. The body length from head to tip of abdomen was 23 mm.