CTENUCHINAE in Australia
Wasp Moths
ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

CTENUCHINAE

caterpillar
  
CTENUCHINAE

pupa
  
CTENUCHINAE

moths
  
CTENUCHINAE

undersides

The Caterpillars of the CTENUCHINAE are mostly covered uniformly in dark hairs. The hairs can cause Urticaria in sensitive people. The Caterpillars typically feed and move about during the daytime.

They pupate in a cocoon made of silk with their hairs matted together.

The adults are small to medium in size, with wings that are black with translucent orange spots. Their bodies typically have tranverse bands alternating in orange and black, hence their name 'Wasp Moths'. However the coloration does not denote any hazard except that the moths are poisonous if eaten.

The adult moths of many species in this subfamily fly during daylight hours.

The 53 named Australian members of this subfamily are:

Amata annulata

  • Amata antitheta
    Amata aperta : Pale Spotted Tiger Moth
  • Amata atricornuta
    Amata bicolor
  • Amata chlorometis
  • Amata choneutospila
  • Amata chroma
  • Amata chromatica
  • Amata cyanura
  • Amata dyschlaena
  • Amata heptaspila
  • Amata hesperitis
    Amata huebneri : Wasp Moth
    Amata humeralis
  • Amata hyalota
  • Amata insularis
  • Amata lampetis
  • Amata leucacma
  • Amata lucta
  • Amata macroplaca
  • Amata magistri
    Amata marella
    Amata melitospila
    Amata nigriceps
  • Amata ochrospila
  • Amata olinda
  • Amata orphnaea
  • Amata pactolina
  • Amata paradelpha
    Amata paraula
  • Amata phaeochyta
  • Amata phepsalotis
  • Amata prosomoea
  • Amata pyrocoma
  • Amata recedens
  • Amata synedra
    Amata trigonophora
    Amata xanthosoma
    Amata xanthura : Southern Spotted Tiger Moth

    Ceryx guttulosa
    Ceryx sphenodes

    Eressa angustipenna
    Eressa geographica
    Eressa megalospilia

  • Eressa megatorna
  • Eressa paurospila
  • Eressa rhysoptila
  • Eressa strepsimeris

  • Euchromia aemulina
    Euchromia creusa
  • Euchromia lurlina
    Euchromia polymena

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    (updated 12 June 2014)