Amyna punctum (Fabricius, 1794)
some of the 21 synonyms :
Amyna selenampha Guenée, 1852
Alamis spoliata Walker, 1858
Hama latipennis Wallengren, 1860
ACONTIINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Amyna punctum
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species has been found feeding on plants from a variety of families, including:

  • Wheat ( Triticum vulgare, POACEAE ),
  • Purging Croton ( Croton tiglium, EUPHORIACEAE ), and
  • Cotton ( Gossypium species, MALVACEAE )

    Amyna punctum
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The adult moth has dark brown forewings, each with complex patterns including a white spot near the middle. The hindwings are plain brown with a faint pale submarginal line. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

    The species is found in around the tropics of Africa and Asia, including

  • Angola
  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Indonesia,
  • Japan, South Africa,
  • Vietnam,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
    Tome 1, Part 2 (1793), pp. 34-35, No. 87.

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 5 (1852), pp. 406-407, No. 378a.

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 13 (1858), p. 1050, No. 11.

    Hans Daniel Johan Wallengren,
    Lepidopterologische Mittheilungen,
    Wiener Entomologische Monatsschrift,
    Volume 4 (1860), p. 169, No. 43.


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    (written 29 September 2018)