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 ibaird482
Sun moth (Castniidae) Synemon plana 11 Nov 2017 waltraud396

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

ibaird482 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.
waltraud396 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.
ibaird482 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.
waltraud396 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!
ibaird482 wrote:
   11 Nov 2017
OK, my mistake.That's what peer review is for!
waltraud396 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.

Nearby sightings

Solanum triflorum at Mount Majura - 17 Jan 2018
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
Solanum triflorum at Mount Majura - 17 Jan 2018
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 

Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 1 Nov 2013 Recorded on
  • waltraud Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
NatureMapr - The Citizen Science Platform NatureMapr - The Citizen Science Platform NatureMapr - The Citizen Science Platform
1156867 sightings of 4306 species in 784 locations from 1419 members
Powered by NatureMapr |  Canberra Nature Map operates under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia |  Privacy