Amata trigonophora (Turner, 1898)
(previously known as Hydrusa trigonophora)
SYNTOMIINI ,   CTENUCHINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Amata trigonophora
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moth of this species has wings that are black with elongated yellow spots. In this species: the yellow spot nearest each forewing tip is often split by a black vein, and the hindwings each have two large yellow patches. The head, mesothorax, and metathorax are black, and the prothorax is yellow. The abdomen has transverse black and yellow bands. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Amata trigonophora
Photo by A. Jefferis Turner, listed as Hydrusa trigonophora,

Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume XXII (1898), Plate V, fig. 7,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

Specimens have been taken in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Notes on Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 22 (1898), p. 97, and also Plate 5, fig. 7.


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    (updated 4 March 2012, 27 January 2016)