Synemon obscurella Westwood, 1877
Obscure Sun-moth
(one synonym is Synemon obscura Swinhoe, 1892)
CASTNIIDAE,   SESIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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. 9,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The adult moth of this species has dark brown forewings each with some variable pale areas along the margin, and a pale comma mark near the middle. The hindwings are dark brown with extensive orange markings. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

The species occurs in

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Charles Swinhoe,
    Sphinges and Bombyces,
    Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Clarendon Press, Part 1 (1892), p. 152, No. 707.

    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. 198, and also Plate 33, fig. 9.


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    (written 24 August 2018)