Amata huebneri (Boisduval, [1828])
Wasp Moth
(one synonym : Syntomis frustulenta Swinhoe, 1892)
SYNTOMIINI ,   CTENUCHINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Amata huebneri
drawing by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,

Essai sur une Monographie des Zygénides, suivi du Tableau Méthodique, des Lépidoptères d'Europe,
1829, Plate VIII, fig. 4,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library,
digitized by University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Library.

This Caterpillar has been found feeding on:

  • Rice ( Oryza sativa, POACEAE ).

    The adult moths of this species are black with yellow bands across the abdomen, and transparent windows in the wings. The forewings have approximately twice the span of the hindwings. It superficially resembles many stinging wasp species, although it is itself quite harmless. This camouflage gives it protection from predators such as birds.

    The species occurs across south-east Asia, including

  • Bali,
  • Borneo,
  • Singapore,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,
    Essai sur une Monographie des Zygénides, suivi du Tableau Méthodique, des Lépidoptères d'Europe,
    1829, pp. 127-128, and also Plate 8, fig. 4.


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    (updated 2 January 2012)