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

ARCTIIDAE

caterpillars
  
ARCTIIDAE

pupae
  
ARCTIIDAE

moths
  
ARCTIIDAE

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 hindwings that are half the span of the forewings. The wings are black with translucent orange spots. The adult moths of many species in this subfamily fly during daylight hours. The female moths have a fatter abdomen, but a smaller wingspan than the males. In this subfamily: typically the antennae of the female moths are serrated, and the antennae of the males have pectinations.

Many species in this subfamily have tranverse bands alternating in orange and black on the abdomen. These moths appear to mimic many stinging wasp species, hence their name 'Wasp Moths', although the moths themselves cannot sting. However the coloration may denote a hazard as the moths are poisonous if eaten. Either way: the orange and black bands on the abdomen may give protetion from predators such as birds.

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 trigonophora
    Amata xanthosoma : Yellow Tiger Moth
    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

    previous
    back
    subfamily
    Australian
    Australian Butterflies
    butterflies
    Australian
    home
    caterpillars
    Australian
    Australian Moths
    moths
    next
    next
    subfamily

    (updated 12 June 2014, 10 July 2017)