Wiseana cervinata

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Wiseana cervinata
Wiseana cervinata female.jpg
Female specimen
Wiseana cervinata male.jpg
Male specimen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hepialidae
Genus: Wiseana
Species: W. cervinata
Binomial name
Wiseana cervinata
(Walker, 1865)[1]
Synonyms
  • Elhamma cervinata Walker, 1865
  • Hepialus despectus Walker, 1865
  • Porina vexata Walker, 1865
  • Pielus variolaris Guenee, 1868

Wiseana cervinata, known commonly as the porina moth, is a species of moth belonging to the family Hepialidae. It was described by Walker in 1865, and is endemic to New Zealand.

The wingspan is 34–38 mm for males and 44–55 mm for females. The colour of the forewings varies from pale tan to blackened. Adults are on wing from September to March.[2]

The larvae feed on Trifolium species and various grasses.

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