Amata cerbera (Linnaeus, 1764)

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FAMILY Erebidae
SUBFAMILY Arctiinae
GENUS Amata
SPECIES cerbera
AUTHOR(Linnaeus, 1764)
ORIGINAL COMBINATIONSphinx cerbera
TYPE LOCALITY[South Africa, Western Cape], Cap b. spei [Cape of Good Hope], leg. Tulbagh.
GEOGRAPHICAL COORDINATES Latitude: -34°21'0" Longitude: 18°28'0"
TYPE SPECIMEN(S) Not stated.
STATUS Species
PUBLICATION Linnaeus C. 1764. Museum S. R. M. Ludovicae Ulricae Reginae. - — :i–viii, 1–720.
PAGINATION 363 Bhl

Species pictures

Synonyms

NAME AUTHOR STATUS
cerberana (Strand, 1917) Synonym of species
cerberella (Strand, 1917) Synonym of species
fantasia (Butler, 1876) Synonym of species
kilimandjaronis (Strand, 1917) Synonym of species

Species Distribution

COUNTRY PROVINCE/STATE PUBLICATION PAGE
Angola   Dewitz H. 1881. Afrikanische Nachtschmetterlinge. - Nova Acta Academiae Caesareae Leopoldino - Carolinae Germanicae Naturae Curiosorum 42(2):63–89, pls. 2–3. 88
Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Orientale Holland W. J. 1920. Lepidoptera of the Congo, being a systematic list of the butterflies and moths collected by the American Museum of Natural History Congo Expedition, together with descriptions of some hitherto undescribed species. - Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 43:109–369, pls. 6–14. 263
Gabon   Aurivillius C. 1881. Om en samling fjärilar från Gaboon. - Entomologisk Tidskrift 2:38–47. 46
Ghana   Plötz C. 1880a. Verzeichniss der vom Prof. Dr. R. Buchholz in West-Afrika gesammelten Schmetterlinge. - Stettiner Entomologische Zeitung 41:76–88, 298—307. 78
Guinea   Walker F. 1854a. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum. Part I.– Lepidoptera Heterocera. - — 1:i–iv, 1–278. 122
Guinea-Bissau   Aurivillius C. 1910b. Schmetterlinge gesammelt in Westafrika von Leonardo Fea in den Jahren 1897–1902. - Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova (Ser. 3) 4:494–530. 507
Kenya   Aurivillius C. 1921b. Sammlungen der schwedischen Elgon-Expedition im Jahre 1920. 1. Lepidopteren. - Arkiv för Zoologi 14(5):1–27. 22
Malawi   Hampson G. F. 1898a. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the collection of the British Museum. Syntomidae. - — 1:i–xxi, 1–538, pls. 1–17. 83
Mozambique   Pinhey E. C. G. 1975. Moths of southern Africa. Descriptions and colour illustrations of 1183 species. - — :i–iv, 1–273, pls. 1–63. 160
Namibia   Grünberg K. 1910c. In: Schultze, L.: Zoologische und anthropologische Ergebnisse einer Forschungsreise in westlichen und zentralen Südafrika. Vierter Band. Systematik und Tiergeographie. - Denkschriften der medizinisch naturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft zu Jena 16(4):1–370, pls. 1–12 [Chapter pagination: 91–146]. 99
Nigeria   Aurivillius C. 1905b. Lieutnant A. Schultze's Sammlung von Lepidopteren aus West-Afrika. - Arkiv för Zoologi 2(12):1–47, pls 1–5. 24
Senegal   Walker F. 1854a. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum. Part I.– Lepidoptera Heterocera. - — 1:i–iv, 1–278. 122
Sierra Leone   Walker F. 1854a. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum. Part I.– Lepidoptera Heterocera. - — 1:i–iv, 1–278. 122
South Africa Western Cape Linnaeus C. 1764. Museum S. R. M. Ludovicae Ulricae Reginae. - — :i–viii, 1–720. 363
South Africa KwaZulu-Natal Wallengren H. D. J. 1856. Anteckningar I Zoologien. I. Kafferlandets Macrolepidoptera-fauna. - — :1–97. 12
Tanzania, United Republic of   Hampson G. F. 1898a. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the collection of the British Museum. Syntomidae. - — 1:i–xxi, 1–538, pls. 1–17. 83
Uganda   Butler A. G. 1895b. On Lepidoptera recently collected in British East Africa by Mr. G. F. Scott Elliot. - Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1895:722–742, pls 42–43. 739 (as fantasia)
Zambia   Pinhey E. C. G. 1975. Moths of southern Africa. Descriptions and colour illustrations of 1183 species. - — :i–iv, 1–273, pls. 1–63. 160
Zimbabwe   Pinhey E. C. G. 1975. Moths of southern Africa. Descriptions and colour illustrations of 1183 species. - — :i–iv, 1–273, pls. 1–63. 160

Notes:  Records from DR Congo (Snellen 1872: 35, Hampson 1910c: 390, Rebel 1914a, Kiriakoff 1954: 39, 1965: 4), Eritrea (Berio 1940b: 43), Ethiopia (Oberthür 1883b: 735, Berio 1939c: 11, Rougeot 1977a: 81), Somalia (Pagenstecher 1903: 10, Berio 1938b: 190) are misidentifications (see de Freina 2009: 180).

Host Plants

FAMILY SPECIES COUNTRY PUBLICATIONPAGE
Polygonaceae Rumex sp. South Africa de Freina J. J. 2009. Über die Biologie, Morphologie, Verbreitung, Phänologie und Taxonomie von Amata cerbera (Linnaeus, 1764) met Anmerkungen zur Systematik der afrikanischen cerbera-Artengruppe (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae, Syntominae). - Nachrichten des entomologischen Vereins Apollo 29(4):177–188. 181
Betulaceae Corylus sp. South Africa de Freina J. J. 2009. Über die Biologie, Morphologie, Verbreitung, Phänologie und Taxonomie von Amata cerbera (Linnaeus, 1764) met Anmerkungen zur Systematik der afrikanischen cerbera-Artengruppe (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae, Syntominae). - Nachrichten des entomologischen Vereins Apollo 29(4):177–188. 181
Plantaginaceae Plantago sp. South Africa de Freina J. J. 2009. Über die Biologie, Morphologie, Verbreitung, Phänologie und Taxonomie von Amata cerbera (Linnaeus, 1764) met Anmerkungen zur Systematik der afrikanischen cerbera-Artengruppe (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae, Syntominae). - Nachrichten des entomologischen Vereins Apollo 29(4):177–188. 181
Rosaceae Rubus sp. South Africa de Freina J. J. 2009. Über die Biologie, Morphologie, Verbreitung, Phänologie und Taxonomie von Amata cerbera (Linnaeus, 1764) met Anmerkungen zur Systematik der afrikanischen cerbera-Artengruppe (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae, Syntominae). - Nachrichten des entomologischen Vereins Apollo 29(4):177–188. 181
Rubiaceae Coffea sp. Angola Pinhey E. C. G. 1975. Moths of southern Africa. Descriptions and colour illustrations of 1183 species. - — :i–iv, 1–273, pls. 1–63. 160

*   de Freina (2009: 181) records also grasses (Festuca, Thapsia, Anthowanthum), Taraxacum, Urtica, Sonchus, and even hay and paper.