Synemon nais Klug, 1850
Orange Sun Moth
CASTNIIDAE,   SESIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.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 dark brown forewings each with several pale markings. The hindwings are orange with various dark brown markings. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.


drawing by Johann Christoph Friedrich Klug,

Uber die Lepidoptereren-Gattung Synemon,
Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, 1848, Plate 1, fig. 7,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species occurs in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    drawing by Embrik Strand,

    Synemon-Epicorp: Indo-Australian Bombyces and Sphinges,
    in Adalbert Seitz (ed.): The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
    Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 10 (1933), Plate 1, fig b1,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.


    Further reading :

    Johann Christoph Friedrich Klug,
    Uber die Lepidoptereren-Gattung Synemon,
    Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin,
    1848, pp. 250-251, No. 4, and also Plate 1, fig. 7..

    Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
    Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
    Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 70.

    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 1, fig b1.


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    (written 25 August 2018, updated 8 September 2019)