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
early instars
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)

This Caterpillar is hairy and initially black with a white thorax.

Pinara metaphaea
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)

Later instars become black with long white hairs, and have a pink head with a central broad black stripe.

Pinara metaphaea
head and thorax close-up
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)

The prothorax is black with white markings, and has a red knob each side.

Pinara metaphaea
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)

The caterpillars feed on 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 Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

    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.

    Pinara metaphaea
    eggs
    (Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)

    The eggs are pale brown and spherical, with a pale circle containing a dark spot, at one end. The eggs are laid in regular arrays of 20-30 on a leaf of a food plant.

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

    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, 20 March 2019)