Amata xanthosoma (Turner, 1898)
Yellow Tiger Moth
(one synonym : Syntomis cremnotherma Lower, 1900)
SYNTOMIINI,   CTENUCHINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Amata xanthosoma
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The adult moth of this species is orange with dark brown spots. It has a wingspan of about 3 cms. The hind wings are only about half the span of the forewings. As in the genus Amata generally: female moths have a fatter abdomen, but a smaller wingspan than the males.

Amata xanthosoma
male, 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 I, fig. 19,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species has been found in

  • Western Australia,
  • Queensland, and
  • South Australia.


    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. 14, No. 76a, and also Plate 1, fig. 19.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Notes on Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 22 (1898), p. 93.


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    (updated 27 April 2008, 30 April 2013, 27 January 2016, 7 July 2017)