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Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Euarthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: Erebidae Genus: Amata Species: A. passalis Binomial name: Amata passalis (Fabricius, 1781)
Amata passalis is a species of moth of the family Erebidae, found in Sri Lanka and India. It is known mainly as a defoliator of sandalwood (Santalum album) in India and hence often called as the sandlewood defoliator. It is also recorded on various alternate food plants.
Biology of the sandalwood defoliator, Amata passalis (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) on alternate host plants Venkatesha, M.G. Annals of Entomology 11(2): 73-77 1993 Amata passalis, a defoliator of sandalwood (Santalum album) in India, is also recorded on various alternate food plants. Larvae of the pest were reared independently on cycas (Cycas circinalis), mulberries and sandalwood in the laboratory and completed their life cycle in 57.81 +or- 2.91, 62.73 +or- 3.03 and 61.58 +or- 1.76 days, and oviposited 419.90 +or- 116.99, 479.90 +or- 76.78 and 381.10 +or- 81.78 eggs, respectively.