Synemon notha Westwood, 1877
Bastard Sun Moth
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 pale grey-brown forewings each with substantial dark brown markings. The hindwings are dark brown each with two scarlet patches, and a submarginal arc of scarlet spots. The wingspan is about 3 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. 10,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species occurs in

  • 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 9, fig c2,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.


    Further reading :

    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. 10.


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    (written 22 August 2018)