Synemon magnifica Strand, 1911
Magnificent Sun Moth
CASTNIIDAE,   SESIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Reiner Richter, Newnes Plateau, New South Wales)

The adult moth of this species has speckled brown forewings with two irregular broad pale diagonal bands forming a 'V' shape. The hindwings are darkbrown with two curving orange bands, and a submarginal arc of orange spots. The wingspan is about 4.5 cms.


drawing by Embrik Strand,

Castniidae: Indo-Australian Bombyces and Sphinges,
in Adalbert Seitz (ed.): The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 10 (1933), Plate 9, fig b2,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library,
digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.

The species occurs in

  • New South Wales.


    underside
    drawing by Embrik Strand,

    Castniidae: Indo-Australian Bombyces and Sphinges,
    in Adalbert Seitz (ed.): The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
    Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 10 (1933), Plate 9, fig b2,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library,
    digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.


    Further reading :

    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.2, and also Plate 9, fig b2.


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    (written 14 February 2017, updated 21 August 2018)