The Papua Insects Foundation
The Tigermoths (Erebidae, Arctiinae, Arctiini) of Papua Indonesia
by Rob de Vos
Euchromia auranticincta Hampson, 1898
[Euchromia auranticincta Hampson, 1898] (holotype (TL: Konstantinhafen, PNG) in BMNH)
Euchromia species are known by their colourfull abdomen, the striking resemblance with Syntominae (see further) and the difficulty with identifications. The colourfull rings on the abdomen usually are the most distinguishing characters but sometimes these can be very tricky and for some taxa a thorough revision and study of the genitalia is necessary. The range of variation of colours and breadth of the bands is in most cases yet unknown.
Euchromia auranticincta is one of the easiest species to identify since no other species has its colour band pattern of yellow and red (two variations are depticted below).
STATUS: Not common and seems in Papua restricted to the northeastern part, which already was stated by W. Doherty in 1898 ("côte entre B. Geelwinck & B. Humbolt")! Found at low altitudes.
PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Furu Camp (Foja Mts.), Humboldt Bay, Jayapura, Lereh, Marina Valen, Pionierbivak, Prauwenbivak, Sentani, Taja Rifi, Ubrub, Wembi, Yuruf. Details in gazetteer.
EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Papua New Guinea.
DATA SOURCES: BMNH, CMWM, KSP, RMNH, ZMAN. Literature (see below).
Eecke, R. van, 1924. List of the Lepidoptera collected by Mr. W.C. van Heurn during an exploration-expedition in Dutch North New Guinea. Nova Guinea 15: 33-56.
Seitz, A., 1913. Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 10: Spinner und Schwarmer des Indo-Australischen Gebiets: 69-120. A. Kernen, Stuttgart.
Zerny, H., 1912. Lepidopterorum Catalogus, 7: Syntomidae: 1-179. W. Junk, Berlin.