Sun moth (Castniidae)Synemon plana   

Golden Sun Moth at Mount Majura

2 images

Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 1 Nov 2013
Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 1 Nov 2013
Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 1 Nov 2013

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 11 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!

Author's notes

Photographs by Tony Howard. we observed only males which were running on bare ground stopped frequently and performed low dashes of flight of approx 10m max length.

6 comments

ibairdBulk Reporter - ibaird has reported over 100 sightings!Founding Explorer - ibaird joined us in 2014! wrote:
   11 Nov 2017
I think this probably the male. We can't see the hindwings in the photo, but they are brown compared to females bright orange hindwings.
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! wrote:
   11 Nov 2017
All animals we observed / collected (and released) that day were males including the one of which Tony took these 2 photos. We haven't observed a female at this day.
ibairdBulk Reporter - ibaird has reported over 100 sightings!Founding Explorer - ibaird joined us in 2014! wrote:
   11 Nov 2017
I thought originally that the sighting of the S. plana female i.e No. 3384817 was also on the same day (1 Nov.) but then realised it was later ie. on 10 November, but nearby.
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! wrote:
   11 Nov 2017
yeah and the obsevations are 4 years apart! the observation of the female is from yesterday; we observed the males in November 2013!
ibairdBulk Reporter - ibaird has reported over 100 sightings!Founding Explorer - ibaird joined us in 2014! wrote:
   11 Nov 2017
OK, my mistake.That's what peer review is for!
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! wrote:
   15 Nov 2017
I think the female finding 4 years after the males were spotted is a sign that there is a stable breeding population. I'm not aware of anyone monitoring GSM at this location. The 2 observations of 2013 and recently were by chance; I discovered the female during my Fridays @ The Fair weeding activity.

Please Login or Register to comment on this sighting.

Nearby sightings

Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 10 Nov 2017
Amphibolurus muricatus at Mount Majura - 17 Mar 2017
Tiliqua rugosa at Mount Majura - 24 Apr 2016
Acacia ulicifolia at Mount Majura - 9 Sep 2015
Missulena occatoria at Mount Majura - 21 Jan 2015
Synemon plana at Mount Majura - 10 Nov 2017
Amphibolurus muricatus at Mount Majura - 17 Mar 2017
Tiliqua rugosa at Mount Majura - 24 Apr 2016
Acacia ulicifolia at Mount Majura - 9 Sep 2015
Missulena occatoria at Mount Majura - 21 Jan 2015

Page: 1 

  • Coordinates 149.172106-35.225573

Species information

Sighting information

  • Mount Majura Location
  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • waltraud Recorded by
  • 1 Nov 2013 Recorded on
  • Website Reported via
Other projects: Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness
Built by at3am IT | Canberra Nature Map is covered under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License | Privacy