Amata heptaspila (Turner, 1905)
(formerly known as Syntomis heptaspila)
SYNTOMIINI ,   CTENUCHINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Amata heptaspila
male, drawing by George F. Hampson,

Catalogue of the Amatidæ and Arctiadæ (Nolinæ, Lithosianæ) in the Collection of the British Museum,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Supplement Volume I (1900), Plate II, fig. 5,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The adult moth of this species has an orange head, and a black thorax with an orange mark each side. The forewings typically each have seven yellowish translucent windows of various shapes. The hindwings each have three such windows The abdomen has black and yellow bands. The male has an orange tuft at the tip of the abdomen. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms. The hindwings are only about half the span of the forewings.

The species has been found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Amatidae and Arctiadae (Nolinae, Lithosianae) in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Supplement 1 (1914), p. 22, No. 97a, and also Plate 2, fig. 5.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera II,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 29, Part 4 (1905), p. 852, No. 30.


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    (written 9 July 2017)