Porela obtusa (Walker, 1865)
Blunt Porela
(one synonym: Perna metastigma Walker, 1865)
LASIOCAMPINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The moth is grey with dark bands along the forewing costas. The inner margin of each forewing has a black mark, the veins through which are red. The hindwings are plain off-white. The sexes are quite similar, except in size. The male moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms. The female moths have a wingspan of about 3.5 cms.

The species has been found in:

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


    Further reading :

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

    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), p. 315.


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    (updated 15 April 2009, 2 August 2015)