Amyna octo (Guenée, 1852)
Eight Spot
(previously known as Perigea octo)
ACONTIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Amyna octo
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

This caterpillar has been reported feeding on:

  • Fat Hen ( Chenopodium album, CHENOPODIACEAE ).

    The adult moth has rusty brown wings, with a number of thin sinuous pale lines across, and variable white marks on each forewing. The hindwings are plain brown. The moth has a wing span of about 2 cms.

    There is a lot of confusion about whether this is the same as Amyna axis, and the two names are just synonyms.

    The species has been found in the tropics, including

  • Guadeloupe,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Kenya,
  • Namibia,
  • Tahiti,
  • U.S.A.,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • Norfolk Island.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 5, Section 1 (1852), p. 407, No. 378b.


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    (updated 22 November 2012)