Synemon theresa Doubleday, 1846
Cryptic Sun Moth
(one synonym : Synemon mopsa Doubleday, 1846)
CASTNIIDAE ,   SESIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Synemon theresa
drawing by Arthur G. Butler, listed as Synemon mopsa,

Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum,
Part 1 (1877), Plate 3, fig. 3,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Gerstein Library, University of Toronto.

The adult moths of this species have brown wings, with a substantial pattern of white markings on the forewings, and orange markings on the hindwings.

Synemon theresa
drawing by Arthur G. Butler,

Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum,
Part 1 (1877), Plate 3, fig. 5,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Gerstein Library, University of Toronto.

This species is found in

  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading:

    Edward Doubleday,
    Descriptions of some new or imperfectly characterized Lepidoptera from Australia,
    in J.L. Stokes:
    Discoveries in Australia,
    London : T. & W. Boone Vol. 1 (1846), pp. 517-518.


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    (written 3 February 2005, updated 25 November 2015)