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 ).

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

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

    The adults are brown, with zig-zag markings on each forewing. The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.

    Porela galactodes
    Female
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    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, 24 February 2019)