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Sun moth (Castniidae)Synemon collecta

Striated Sun Moth at Suppressed

Synemon collecta at Suppressed - 1 Dec 2019

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Significant sighting

2 Dec 2019

Only third record for our region. The moth is more common in northern NSW and Qld

4 comments

   2 Dec 2019
Thanks Don and Ian what are the key distinguishing features between Synemon collecta and S. plana?
ibaird wrote:
   2 Dec 2019
The forewing pattern shows a streaked pattern distinctly different from S. plana . Hindwing looks more orange than yellow i suspect. One other only record in ACT and region on CNM. This may be the first record for the ACT strictly speaking. There are no records on iNaturalist or the ALA for Canberra/ACT and Bold Systems 4 that I can see given it has a more northerly distribution in northern NSW and Queensland. Glenn Cocking would be able to confirm or otherwise whether there are set specimen records held by ANIC for Canberra or the ACT.
   2 Dec 2019
Thanks Ian - I'm pretty sure that Suzi Bond told me about another site on the Murrumbidgee, within the ACT in similar habitat to this site
   2 Dec 2019
Yes, I have a couple of specimens from near the Murrumbidgee River a few years ago. Have also seen it flying beside the Monaro Hwy in the Royalla area in late Novemeber a few years ago, a few km far from the site of last year's report. I looked there just under two weeks ago without luck, possible too early.

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Species information

  • Highly Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 2 Abundance
  • Groundcover is predominantly Themeda triandra. Associated plant
  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size (mm)
  • 1 Dec 2019 Recorded on
  • gregbaines Recorded by

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