Amatidae

Amatidae

 

or Syntomidae, a family of moths, related to the Arctidae. There are seven genera (approximately 50 species), widespread primarily in the tropical regions of the eastern hemisphere. Amatidae moths are similar in coloring to the Zygae-nidae. The wingspread is 17–40 mm; the anterior wings are broad and triangular, and the posterior wings are shorter than the abdomen. The moths usually stay on the inflorescences of the Compositae. The body of the caterpillar usually has flat lobes covered with short hairs. The multivorus caterpillars are sometimes found in large numbers on herbaceous plants and lichens; they hibernate.

References in periodicals archive ?
Catalogue of the Amatidae and Arctiadae (Nolinae and Lithosianae) in the collection of the British Museum.