Synemon catocaloides Walker, 1865
Showy Sun Moth
CASTNIIDAE,   SESIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The Caterpillars of this species appear to feed upon the roots of the plant :

  • Tussocky Cord Rush ( Ecdeiocolea monostachya, CYPERACEAE ).

    The adult moths have brown forewings with white markings, and dark brown hindwings with red spots.


    underside
    Drawing by Embrik Strand
    ,
    Synemon - Epicop, Indo-Australian Bombyces and Sphinges,
    in Adalbert Seitz (ed.): The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
    Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 10 (1933), Plate 9, fig a4,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library,
    digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.

    The species is found in

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 31, Supplement 1 (1865), pp. 44-45.


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    (updated 19 December 2009, 21 August 2018)