Synemon collecta Swinhoe, 1892
Striated Sun Moth
CASTNIIDAE,   SESIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

These Caterpillars spend most of their time underground, feeding on the roots of grasses (POACEAE) including

  • Wallaby Grass ( Austrodanthonia laevis ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

    The adults have brown forewings with pale streaks, some containing elongated dark spots. The hindwings are bright yellow. The wingspan is about 4 cms.


    mating pair: female on the right
    (Photo: courtesy of Dave Britton, Armidale, New South Wales)

    The species has been observed in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.

    Synemon collecta
    female, drawing by Charles Swinhoe, listed as Synemon collecta
    ,
    Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Part 1: Sphinges and Bombyces (1892), Plate VII, Fig. 16,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Charles Swinhoe,
    Sphinges and Bombyces,
    Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Clarendon Press, Part 1 (1892), pp. 151-152, No. 706, and also Plate 7, Fig. 16.


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    (updated 6 November 2010, 24 August 2018)