Synemon heliopis Meyrick, 1891
CASTNIIDAE ,   SESIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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, Part 2 (1911), p. 9, fig a3.

The Caterpillars of this species appear to feed upon the roots of various grasses and rushes, such as :

  • Tussocky Cordrush ( Ecdeiocolea monostachya, CYPERACEAE ), and
  • Green Bulrush ( Spartochloa scirpoidea, POACEAE ).

    The adult moth of this species has dark brown forewings with white markings. The hindwings are dark brown with orange markings. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


    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, Part 2 (1911), p. 9, fig a3.

    The species is only found in

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Description of New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 14 (1891), pp. 188-189.

    Embrik Strand,
    Synemon - Epicop, Indo-Australian Bombyces and Sphinges,
    in Adalbert Seitz (ed.): The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
    Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 10, Part 2 (1911), p. 9, fig a3.


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