Pale Spotted Tiger Moth
(one synonym : Hydrusa nesothetis Meyrick, 1886)
SYNTOMIINI, CTENUCHINI, ARCTIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ted Cadwallader, Victoria)
These Caterpillars have rather puzzling feeding habits. They have been found feeding on the foliage of :
but also ate
The caterpillars pupate in a flimsy cocoon.
The adult moth rather resembles a wasp. Its wings are basically black, with pale yellow translucent spots on each wing. It has transverse black and yellow bands on its body. It has a wingspan of about 3 cms. The hindwings are only about half the span of the forewings.
The males and females have different sizes and different wing patterns. As generally in the genus Amata: the female has a fatter body than the male, but a smaller wingspan.
Specimens have been taken in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 19.27, p. 439.
Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 28-29.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 31, Supplement 1 (1865), p. 72.
(updated 30 April 2013, 4 December 2016, 10 September 2019, 26 August 2021)