Sun moth (Castniidae)Synemon plana    

Golden Sun Moth at Mount Majura

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Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 10 Nov 2017
Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 10 Nov 2017
Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 10 Nov 2017
Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 10 Nov 2017
Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 10 Nov 2017

Identification history

Sun moth (Castniidae) Synemon plana 11 Nov 2017 ibairdBulk Reporter - ibaird has reported over 100 sightings!Founding Explorer - ibaird joined us in 2014!
Sun moth (Castniidae) Synemon plana 10 Nov 2017 waltraudMultiple Significant Sightings - waltraud has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Bulk Reporter - waltraud has reported over 100 sightings!Founding Explorer - waltraud joined us in 2014!

Significant sighting

waltraudMultiple Significant Sightings - waltraud has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Bulk Reporter - waltraud has reported over 100 sightings!Founding Explorer - waltraud joined us in 2014! noted:
11 Nov 2017

First record of a female S plana on Mt Majura close to a site where males were observed 4 years earlier. Indicates possibly a viable breeding population.

Author's notes

I discovered this moth yesterday during weeding late afternoon; the moth was mainly walking and performed very short (about 10cm long) low dashes of "flight"; I collected it with my hands, brought it to near-by car and took above photographs using a book as background. Several males of S. plana have been reported further north east (uphill) to this site. I will upload the photographs and details.

1 comment

ibairdBulk Reporter - ibaird has reported over 100 sightings!Founding Explorer - ibaird joined us in 2014! wrote:
   11 Nov 2017
I think this is the female, bright orange hindwings, with black markings. Given you found it on the ground. They are describes as being more sedentary and wait for the males to find them. Great photos, nice to record both sexes at roughly the same site close by to each other, suggesting this is a viable breeding area for this endangered species.

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Nearby sightings

Tiliqua rugosa at Mount Majura - 13 Aug 2017
Amphibolurus muricatus at Mount Majura - 17 Mar 2017
Crassula sieberiana at Mount Majura - 28 Sep 2016
Stuartina muelleri at Mount Majura - 28 Sep 2016
Pogona barbata at Mount Majura - 19 Aug 2016
Macropus giganteus at Mount Majura - 13 May 2016
Tiliqua rugosa at Mount Majura - 24 Apr 2016
Crataegus monogyna at Mount Majura - 29 Feb 2016
Rosa rubiginosa at Mount Majura - 13 Feb 2016
Solanum triflorum at Mount Majura - 28 Jan 2016
Euphorbia dallachyana at Mount Majura - 28 Jan 2016
Hepialidae sp. (family) at Mount Majura - 28 Apr 2015
Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 1 Nov 2013
Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor at Mount Majura - 22 Oct 2010
Tiliqua rugosa at Mount Majura - 13 Aug 2017
Amphibolurus muricatus at Mount Majura - 17 Mar 2017
Crassula sieberiana at Mount Majura - 28 Sep 2016
Stuartina muelleri at Mount Majura - 28 Sep 2016
Pogona barbata at Mount Majura - 19 Aug 2016
Macropus giganteus at Mount Majura - 13 May 2016
Tiliqua rugosa at Mount Majura - 24 Apr 2016
Crataegus monogyna at Mount Majura - 29 Feb 2016
Rosa rubiginosa at Mount Majura - 13 Feb 2016
Solanum triflorum at Mount Majura - 28 Jan 2016
Euphorbia dallachyana at Mount Majura - 28 Jan 2016
Hepialidae sp. (family) at Mount Majura - 28 Apr 2015
Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 1 Nov 2013
Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor at Mount Majura - 22 Oct 2010

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  • Coordinates 149.171100-35.225294

Species information

Sighting information

  • Mount Majura Location
  • 1 Abundance
  • waltraud Recorded by
  • 10 Nov 2017 Recorded on
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