Pinara metaphaea (Walker, 1865)
Pinara Moth
(one synonym : Entometa adusta Walker, 1869)
LASIOCAMPINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pinara metaphaea
Female
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

The Caterpillar feeds the foliage of :

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

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

    The adult male and female moths are different in appearance. The male has brown forewings shading darker at the bases, and dark brown hindwings with broad orange margins. The males have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    Pinara metaphaea
    Female
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

    The female moth is much larger, and has pale grey or brown forewings, each with a submarginal arc of dark dots. The hindwings are darker with broad white margins. The females have a wingspan of about 6 cms.

    The species is found in south-east Australia, including:

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


    Further reading :

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

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 32, Supplement 2 (1865), pp. 556-557.


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    (updated 6 April 2013, 6 March 2017)