CASTNIIDAE (Sunmoths) of Australia
SESIOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

CASTNIIDAE

caterpillars
  
CASTNIIDAE

moths
  
CASTNIIDAE

undersides

The Caterpillars of the species in this family in general feed on the roots of various types of grass and sedge. The moths are unusual as they fly during daylight hours, and have clubbed antennae like butterflies. The 25 named Australian representatives are:

  • Synemon arkaroola : Arkaroola Sun Moth
    Synemon austera : Austere Sun Moth
    Synemon brontias : Serious Sun Moth
    Synemon catocaloides : Showy Sun Moth
    Synemon collecta : Striated Sun Moth
    Synemon directa : White-banded Sun Moth
    Synemon discalis : Small Orange-spotted Sun Moth
    Synemon gratiosa : Gracious Sun Moth
    Synemon heliopis : Solar Sun Moth
    Synemon jcaria : Reddish-orange Sun Moth
    Synemon laeta : Cheerful Sun Moth
    Synemon leucospila : Yellow-spotted Sun Moth
    Synemon magnifica : Magnificent Sun Moth
    Synemon maja : Major Sun Moth
    Synemon nais : Orange Sun Moth
    Synemon notha : Bastard Sun Moth
    Synemon nupta : Bridal Sun Moth
    Synemon obscurella : Obscure Sun Moth
    Synemon parthenoides : Link Moth
    Synemon phaeoptila : Shiny Sun Moth
    Synemon plana : Golden Sun Moth
    Synemon selene : Pale Sun Moth
    Synemon sophia : Sophia's Sun Moth
    Synemon theresa : Crypic Sun Moth
    Synemon wulwulam : Wulwulam Sun Moth

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    (updated 31 May 2014, 27 August 2018)