Pinara cana Walker, 1855
Neat Pinara
LASIOCAMPINAE,   LASIOCAMPIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pinara cana
(Photo: courtesy of Helen Cross, Kambah, Australian Capital Territory)

This Caterpillar is brown and hairy, with two narrow pencils of black hairs projecting from the thorax. When it feels threatened : the caterpillar displays black-edged orange areas on the thorax.

Pinara cana
displaying
(Photo: courtesy of Helen Cross, Kambah, Australian Capital Territory)

The caterpillar feeds on the foliage of :

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    Pinara cana
    cocoon in folded leaves
    (Photo: courtesy of Helen Cross, Kambah, Australian Capital Territory)

    The caterpillar pupates in a cocoon made by joining food plant leaves together with silk.

    Pinara cana
    Male
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Black Mountain, Australian Capital Territory)

    The adult male and female moths are quite different in appearance. The male moth has forewings with a bold pattern of light and dark brown. The hindwings are dark brown with a triangular orange patch on the margin. The male has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    Pinara cana
    Female
    (Photo: courtesy of Aaron Clausen, Kaleen, Australian Capital Territory)

    The female is off-white, with a subterminal arc of black-edged red dots on each forewing. In dead specimens, the red fades to grey. The female has a wingspan of about 6 cms.

    Pinara cana
    Male
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

    The species is found in eastern Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.

    Pinara cana
    Female
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, Pls. 28.1, 28.2, p. 390.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 14-15.

    Francis Walker,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 3 (1855), pp. 761-2, No. 1.


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    (updated 6 April 2013, 13 October 2019, 15 October 2020, 4 January 2022)