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Sun moth (Castniidae)Synemon plana    

1 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

Identification history

Sun moth (Castniidae) Synemon plana 11 Nov 2017 ibaird
Sun moth (Castniidae) Synemon plana 11 Nov 2017 waltraud

Significant sighting

waltraud 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

ibaird 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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Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Mount Majura - 21 Jun 2019
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Mount Majura - 31 May 2019
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Mount Majura - 24 May 2019
Scopula rubraria (Reddish Wave) at Mount Majura - 5 May 2019
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Mount Majura - 27 Feb 2019
Dysphania pumilio (Small Crumbweed) at Mount Majura - 25 Jan 2019
Geranium solanderi (Native Geranium) at Mount Majura - 25 Jan 2019
Psephotus haematonotus (Red-rumped Parrot) at Mount Majura - 9 Nov 2018
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Mount Majura - 12 Oct 2018
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Mount Majura - 28 Sep 2018
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Mount Majura - 10 Jul 2018
Missulena occatoria (Red-headed Mouse Spider) at Mount Majura - 28 Mar 2018
Solanum triflorum (Three-flowered Nightshade) at Mount Majura - 17 Jan 2018
Tiliqua rugosa (Shingleback) at Mount Majura - 13 Aug 2017
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Dragon) at Mount Majura - 17 Mar 2017
Crassula sieberiana (Austral Stonecrop) at Mount Majura - 28 Sep 2016
Stuartina muelleri (Spoon Cudweed) at Mount Majura - 28 Sep 2016
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Mount Majura - 19 Aug 2016
Macropus giganteus (Eastern Grey Kangaroo) at Mount Majura - 13 May 2016
Tiliqua rugosa (Shingleback) at Mount Majura - 24 Apr 2016
Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) at Mount Majura - 29 Feb 2016
Rosa rubiginosa (Sweet Briar, Eglantine) at Mount Majura - 13 Feb 2016
Solanum triflorum (Three-flowered Nightshade) at Mount Majura - 28 Jan 2016
Euphorbia dallachyana (Mat Spurge, Caustic Weed) at Mount Majura - 28 Jan 2016
Abantiades atripalpis (Bardee, Bardy, Bardi Grub, Rain Moth or Waikerie) at Mount Majura - 28 Apr 2015
Synemon plana (Golden Sun Moth) at Mount Majura - 1 Nov 2013
Leucochrysum albicans subsp. tricolor (Hoary Sunray) at Mount Majura - 22 Oct 2010

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Species information

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

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