(one synonym : Hydrusa intensa Butler, 1876)
SYNTOMIINI , CTENUCHINAE , ARCTIIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
The adult moth of this species is black with transparent windows in the wings, and has a black and yellow banded abdomen. The hind wings are only about half the span of the forewings. The male has a wingspan of about 3 cms. The female has a fatter abdomen than the male, but is smaller with a wingspan of only about 2.5 cms. The antennae of both sexes have white tips.
The species has been found in
as well as in Australia in
There are thought to be more than one similar species being identified by the name Amata nigriceps.
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, pp. 352-353, No. 3.
Moths of Victoria - Part 2, 2nd edition,
Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 20-21, 28-29.
(updated 27 April 2008, 28 February 2016)