Porela notodontina (R. Felder 1874)
Grey Porela
(previously known as Cosmotricha notodontina)
LASIOCAMPINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Porela notodontina
male
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

The moth is grey with zigzag bands across the forewings. The hindwings are plain off-white, often each with a diffuse darker band or base. The sexes are quite similar, except in size. The male moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms. The female moths have a wingspan of about 6 cms.

Porela notodontina
female, drawing by Rudolf Felder, listed as Cosmotricha notodontina
,
Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde,
Heft IV, Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1874), Plate LXXXIV, fig. 11,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Rudolf Felder,
    Atlas der Heterocera Sphingida. Noctuida,
    in R. Felder & A.F. Rogenhofer: Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde,
    Heft IV, Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1874), p. 3, and also Plate 84, fig. 11.

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


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    (updated 15 April 2009, 19 March 2017)