The caterpillar is used extensively by fishermen as bait. This is where the common name "bardee", "bardi", "badee", or "bargi grub" is derived from. This name is also used for the larva of the beetle Bardistus cibarius, Cerambycid species, as well as various ground dwelling and wood boring moth larvae.
The wingspan is up to 120 millimetres (4.7 in) for males and 170 millimetres (6.7 in) for females. The moths have fawn wings[clarification needed] with two silver flash markings across each forewing. They can be the same size as a small insectivorous bat, and owls often prey on them.
The body reaches a length of 120mm also.
- NRM Education (Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board). Natural Resources, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges: Creature features2013 – 2019. Government of South Australia.
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- Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley (26 May 2008). "Trictena atripalpis". uts.edu.au. Archived from the original on 24 September 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009.