Agrotera amathealis (Walker, 1859)
(one synonym : Pyralis ornatalis Walker, 1866)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley

Agrotera amathealis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are sometimes a pest on:

  • Forest Red Gum ( Eucalyptus tereticornis, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has forewings that have a golden basal half, and a grey marginal half split by a jagged orange submarginal band. The hindwings are grey with a gold area along the inner margin. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    Agrotera amathealis
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The species has been found in

  • New Guinea,

    and also in Australia in:

  • Queensland,
  • northern New South Wales, and
  • Western Australia.

    Agrotera amathealis
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Peter Hendry,
    A Night at Ray's,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 57 (June 2010), pp. 30-32,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 32.

    Francis Walker,
    Pyralides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 17 (1859), pp. 348-349, No. 3.


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    (updated 26 January 2013)