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
from plate LX by GH Ford and W West imp.
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1859.

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,
  • Papua,
  • Singapore,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.

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    (updated 2 January 2012)