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

Amata marella
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has wings that are basically black with a number of transparent windows. It has transverse black and yellow bands on its body. The thorax is black, and the head is yellow. The wingspan is about 3 cms. As in the genus Amata generally: female moths have a fatter abdomen, but a smaller wingspan than the males.

Specimens have been taken 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,
Volume 12 (1876), p. 350, No. 23.


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(updated 24 August 2012)