Porela vitulina (Donovan, 1805)
Banded Porela
(previously known as Phalaena vitulina)
LASIOCAMPINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Porela vitulina
(Photo: courtesy of Julie Morgan, Eurobodalla, New South Wales)

These caterpillars have been found feeding on the foliage of various species in CASUARINACEAE.

The adults are white with brown markings. The thorax is white and hairy, with black markings that sometimes resemble a face. The female has a wingspan of about 6 cms. The male has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

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

The species is found in

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

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 12.15, p. 390.

    Edward Donovan,
    General Illustration of Entomology,
    An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of New Holland, New Zealand, New Guinea, Otaheite and other Islands in the Indian, Southern and Pacific Oceans,
    London (1803), Part 1, p. 159, and also Plate on p. 158.

    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 6 April 2013, 15 March 2015)