Porela delineata (Walker, 1855)
Lined Porela
(previously known as Tacillia delineata)
LASIOCAMPINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Porela delineata
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Victoria)

This caterpillar is grey with long hairs. There are black tufts along the back, and the head has two black stripes. The caterpillar has been found on various plants in MYRTACEAE, including :

  • White Ironbark ( Eucalyptus leucoxylon ), and
  • Tea Tree ( Leptospermum species ).

    Porela delineata
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Victoria)

    Pupation occurs in a white elliptical cocoon spun among the leaves of the foodplant.

    Porela delineata
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Victoria)

    The moth is grey with a fine intricate pattern on the forewings of white and brown. Each forewing has a white spot near the middle. The hindwings are plain off-white, often each with a diffuse darker band. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    Porela delineata
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Victoria)

    It has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 12.8, p. 390.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1, Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008,, pp. 6-7, 12-13.


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    (updated 16 April 2013)