Porela galactodes (Lower, 1893)
(previously known as Bombyx galactades)
LASIOCAMPINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

The Caterpillars of this species feed on:

  • She-Oak ( Casuarina, CASUARINACAE ).

    Porela galactodes
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The Caterpillar pupates in a cocoon covered in bits of bark, on the trunk of a food tree.

    The adult is brown, with zig-zag markings on each forewing. The moth has a wingspan of about 5 cms.

    The species is found over in eastern Australia, including:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 39.9, p. 390.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 17, Part 1 (1893), p. 151.


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    (updated 17 April 2009)