Megalithone tillyardi Riek, 1974, Cunningham’s Gap, Queens- land, Australia.
The moth lacewing is a comparatively giant, sturdy insect with an look comparable to that of a boring hepialid moth. The wings and physique are boring brown, and the physique is roofed with quite a few lengthy hairs. The wings are folded over the physique. The larva is fossorial and scarabaeiform in physique form.
Southeastern Queensland and northern New South Wales, Australia.
Higher elevations, usually on sandy soils.
Adults emerge in plenty to type giant mating aggregations or swarms composed of many extra males than females.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
It shouldn't be clear if adults feed, however the larvae eat root exudates of vegetation. Ithonids have been recorded erroneously as predators of scarab larvae.
The feminine has a genital plug upon emergence, which is appar- ently displaced throughout copulation.
Not listed by the IUCN. The conservation standing of the moth lacewing is troublesome to assess, as a result of larvae are fossorial and grownup swarms are rare. Habitat destruction seems to be the primary risk to particular person populations.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Swarms have been recorded hitting the metallic roofs of homes and sounding like a hail storm. While they're uncommon, swarms are a nuisance to people, as a result of adults additionally enter homes and collect in darkish locations. Such plagues are recognized to final so long as three weeks.