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

Pinara cana
(Photo: courtesy of Ian Common, from Moths of Australia)

This Caterpillar is brown and hairy, with two narrow pencils of black hairs projecting from the thorax. It feeds on the foliage of :

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

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

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

    The male moth has a bold pattern of light and dark brown. The male has a wingspan of about 4 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.


    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)