Amata insularis (Butler, 1876)
(one synonym: Hydrusa stelotis Meyrick, 1886)
SYNTOMIINI,   CTENUCHINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Amata insularis
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moth of this species has black wings with yellow spots. The head is orange with a black spot, and the antennae black with pale grey tips. The thorax is black. The abdomen has alternating black and orange bands. The moth has a wingspan of about 3.5 cms. The hindwings are only about half the span of the forewings. As in the genus Amata generally: female moths have a fatter abdomen, but a smaller wingspan than the males.

The species has been found in

  • Queensland.


    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. 353, No. 5.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera I,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), pp. 775, 777, No. 119.


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    (written 18 April 2019)