Amerila serica Meyrick, 1886
(erroneously Rhodogastria sericea)
ARCTIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Amerila serica
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has forewings that are a uniform translucent pale brown. The hindwings are paler, and have a broad fringe of hairs along the inner margin. The moth has a number of black spots: one on the head, ten on the thorax, and one at the base of each wing. The antennae, legs, and the abdomen are partly red. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

Amerila serica
frothing moth
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

When disturbed, the moth exudes a froth from behind the head.

The species is found in in Australia in:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Amerila serica
    (Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 434.

    Wesley Jenkinson,
    Moths photographed at Obum Obum,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 73 (June 2014), p. 31,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. I,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), p. 765, No. 106.


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    (updated 27 April 2008, 10 April 2017)