|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Tiger Moth (:Noctuoidea Erebidae)|
|Species:||Wasp Moth (Amata aperta)|
|This Photo:||Head, dorsal|
|Other name:||Day-flying Tiger Moth|
Thank you Peter Marriott for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We haven't seen them on Ellura until this one flew past one evening. A week later and we were happily inundated with them.
These species within the Amata genus are very difficult to distinguish; with even experts & the Australian National Insect Collection have trouble. They have a lot of varition within species, with A. Aperta generally having more orange head, and the area on the wing between the outside 2 patches being oranged, or an another blotch of orange. They all have orange patches on wings, with Black & orange striped body and a longitudinal orange stripe on each leg.
Males are larger & have a thinner body, compared with females.
Similar Species: Wasp Moth (Amata xanthura)