Amata humeralis (Butler, 1876)
(previously known as Hydrusa humeralis)
SYNTOMIINI ,   CTENUCHINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Amata humeralis female
female
(Photo: courtesy of Brock and Vanessa Pain, Dampier, Western Australia)

The adult moth of this species is black with yellow spots on the wings and has a black and yellow banded abdomen. The male moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms. As in the genus Amata generally: female moths have a fatter abdomen, but a smaller wingspan of about 2 cms. The hind wings are only about half the span of the forewings.

Amata humeralis male
male
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

Specimens have been caught in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Amata humeralis female
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Brock and Vanessa Pain, Dampier, Western Australia)


    Further reading

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Notes on the Lepidoptera of the family Zygaenidae, with descriptions of new genera and species,
    Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology,
    Volume 12 (1876), p. 352, No. 2.


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    (updated 15 June 2011)