Amata pactolina (Walker, 1865)
(one synonym : Hydrusa sphenophora Turner, 1898)
SYNTOMIINI,   CTENUCHINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Amata pactolina
(Photo: courtesy of Simon Ong, Durack, Western Australia)

The adult moth of this species has black antennae and thorax, and an orange head. The forewings are black with several large yellowish translucent windows. The hindwings are translucent yellow with a black border. The abdomen is yellow with narrow black bands. The male has a yellow tuft on the tip of the abdomen. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms. The hindwings are only about half the span of the forewings.

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

The species has been found in

  • Western Australia, and
  • Northern Territory.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Australian Lepidoptera of the group Geometrites,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 46 (1922), p. 200.

    Francis Walker,
    Notes on Australian Lepidoptera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 22 (1898), p. 94.


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    (written 10 July 2017, updated 19 June 2019, 26 April 2020)