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Sun moth (Castniidae)Synemon plana   

Golden Sun Moth at Mount Majura

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

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

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

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Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Mount Majura - 21 Jul 2019
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Mount Majura - 21 Jun 2019
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Mount Majura - 31 May 2019
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Mount Majura - 27 Feb 2019
Geranium solanderi (Native Geranium) at Mount Majura - 25 Jan 2019
Psephotus haematonotus (Red-rumped Parrot) at Mount Majura - 9 Nov 2018
Falco berigora (Brown Falcon) at Mount Majura - 12 Oct 2018
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Mount Majura - 28 Sep 2018
Missulena occatoria (Red-headed Mouse Spider) at Mount Majura - 28 Mar 2018
Solanum triflorum (Three-flowered Nightshade) at Mount Majura - 17 Jan 2018
Synemon plana (Golden Sun Moth) at Mount Majura - 10 Nov 2017
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Dragon) at Mount Majura - 17 Mar 2017
Tiliqua rugosa (Shingleback) at Mount Majura - 24 Apr 2016
Acacia ulicifolia (Prickly Moses) at Mount Majura - 9 Sep 2015
Missulena occatoria (Red-headed Mouse Spider) at Mount Majura - 21 Jan 2015
Hymenochilus bicolor (Black-tip greenhood) at Mount Majura - 15 Nov 2013

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Location information

Species information

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

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  • 4 - 15 Abundance
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