Synemon directa Westwood, 1877
White-banded Sun Moth
(one synonym is Synemon monodesma Lower, 1905)
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 adult moth of this species has darkbrown forewings each with a large vague pale brown letter 'h'. The hindwings are dark brown, each with a number of orange spots. The wingspan is about 5 cms.


drawing by John O. Westwood,

A monograph of the Lepidopterous genus Castnia and some allied groups,
Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 2nd Series (Zoology),
Volume 1 (1877), Plate XXXIII, fig. 6,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species occurs in

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera, with synonymic notes, No. XXIII,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 29 (1905), p. 173.

    Embrik Strand,
    Bombyces and Sphinges of the Indo-Australian Region,
    in Adalbert Seitz (ed.):
    The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
    Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 10 (1933), p.3, and also Plate 1, fig c2.

    John O. Westwood,
    A monograph of the Lepidopterous genus Castnia and some allied groups,
    Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 2nd Series (Zoology),
    Volume 1 (1877), p. 197, and also Plate 33, fig. 6.


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    (written 24 August 2018)