Synemon parthenoides R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874
Link Moth
CASTNIIDAE,   SESIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The Caterpillar of this species is pale pink. It feeds on tussocks of the sedge :

  • Black Rapier Sedge ( Lepidosperma carphoides, CYPERACEAE ).


    drawing by Achille Guenée, in Boisduval & Guenée: Sphinx, Sésies, Castnies,

    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9 Atlas (1852), Plate 11, fig. 5,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The adult moth has dark brown forewings with white markings, and hindwings that are dark brown with orange spots. The forewings have a blue iridescence along the costa. The wingspan is about 4 cms.


    (Picture: courtesy of Shell Company of Australia)

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia.


    drawing by Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,

    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), Plate LXXIX, fig. 8,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    David Carter,
    Butterflies and Moths,
    Collins Eyewitness Handbooks, Sydney 1992, p. 285.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 6.14, p. 285.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), p. 9, and also Plate 79, figs. 7-8.

    Achille Guenée,
    Sphinx, Sésies, Castnies,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9 Atlas (1852), Plate 11, fig. 5.


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    (updated 3 March 2009, 26 March 2018)