Amata melitospila (Turner, 1905)
(previously known as Syntomis melitospila)
SYNTOMIINI ,   CTENUCHINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth of this species is black with transparent windows in the wings, and it has a black and yellow banded abdomen. The moths have 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, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera II,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 29, Part 4 (1905), pp. 853-854, No. 33.


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    (updated 27 April 2008)