Pinara sesioides (Walker, 1866)
(previously known as Eumeta sesioides)
LASIOCAMPINAE,   LASIOCAMPIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pinara sesioides
male
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult male moth of this species has translucent forewings, with a dark brown basal half crossed by a narrow white band, a white comma-shaped mark near the middle, and a submarginal arc of orange-edged black spots. There is also a large black spot at the tornus. The hindwings are yellow, with a broad black area along the tornus and a broad grey area along the hind-margin. The forewing margin is slightly recurved. The male moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.

Pinara sesioides
female
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The female moths have off-white forewings each with a submarginal arc of orange-edged black spots. The hindwings are off-white, each with a grey smudge at the tornus. The females are also bigger, with a wingspan of about 4 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), p. 1924.


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    (written 20 April 2020)