Cryptic Sun Moth
(one synonym : Synemon mopsa Doubleday, 1846)
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
The Caterpillars of this species have been feeding amongst the roots of
both in POACEAE.
The adult moths have brown wings, with a substantial pattern of white markings on the forewings, and orange markings on the hindwings.
The eggs are initially pale brown but become white. They are laid in the bases of tussocks of foodplants.
This species is found in
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.
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. 73.
(written 3 February 2005, updated 10 April 2017, 9 October 2019)