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

Amata phepsalotis
female, drawing by George F. Hampson,

Catalogue of the Amatidæ and Arctiadæ (Nolinæ, Lithosianæ) in the Collection of the British Museum,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Supplement Volume I (1900), Plate II, fig. 13,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The adult moth of this species has black antennae with white tips. The face is orange, and the crown and thorax are black. The wings are black with several transparent windows. The abdomen has black and yellow 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.

The species has been found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Amatidae and Arctiadae (Nolinae, Lithosianae) in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Supplement 1 (1914), p. 22, No. 97b, and also Plate 2, fig. 13.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera I,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), pp. 784-785, No. 137.


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    (written 8 July 2017)