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Sun moth (Castniidae)Synemon plana    

Golden Sun Moth at Watson, ACT

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Synemon plana at Watson, ACT - 10 Nov 2017
Synemon plana at Watson, ACT - 10 Nov 2017
Synemon plana at Watson, ACT - 10 Nov 2017
Synemon plana at Watson, ACT - 10 Nov 2017
Synemon plana at Watson, ACT - 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 Watson, ACT - 13 Aug 2017
Amphibolurus muricatus at Watson, ACT - 17 Mar 2017
Crassula sieberiana at Watson, ACT - 28 Sep 2016
Stuartina muelleri at Watson, ACT - 28 Sep 2016
Pogona barbata at Watson, ACT - 19 Aug 2016
Macropus giganteus at Watson, ACT - 13 May 2016
Tiliqua rugosa at Watson, ACT - 24 Apr 2016
Crataegus monogyna at Watson, ACT - 29 Feb 2016
Rosa rubiginosa at Watson, ACT - 13 Feb 2016
Solanum triflorum at Watson, ACT - 28 Jan 2016
Euphorbia dallachyana at Watson, ACT - 28 Jan 2016
Hepialidae sp. (family) at Watson, ACT - 28 Apr 2015
Synemon plana at Watson, ACT - 1 Nov 2013
Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor at Watson, ACT - 22 Oct 2010
Tiliqua rugosa at Watson, ACT - 13 Aug 2017
Amphibolurus muricatus at Watson, ACT - 17 Mar 2017
Crassula sieberiana at Watson, ACT - 28 Sep 2016
Stuartina muelleri at Watson, ACT - 28 Sep 2016
Pogona barbata at Watson, ACT - 19 Aug 2016
Macropus giganteus at Watson, ACT - 13 May 2016
Tiliqua rugosa at Watson, ACT - 24 Apr 2016
Crataegus monogyna at Watson, ACT - 29 Feb 2016
Rosa rubiginosa at Watson, ACT - 13 Feb 2016
Solanum triflorum at Watson, ACT - 28 Jan 2016
Euphorbia dallachyana at Watson, ACT - 28 Jan 2016
Hepialidae sp. (family) at Watson, ACT - 28 Apr 2015
Synemon plana at Watson, ACT - 1 Nov 2013
Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor at Watson, ACT - 22 Oct 2010

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Location information

Species information

  • Not sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • waltraud Recorded by
  • 10 Nov 2017 Recorded on
  • Website Reported via
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