Synemon wulwulam Angel, 1951
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 Caterpillars of this species appear to feed upon the roots of :

  • Golden Beard Grass ( Chrysopogon fallax, POACEAE ).

    The adult moths have forewings that are each pale brown with white markings on top, and brown with a large gold patch by the wingtip underneath. The hindwings are dark brown, often with a variable marginal orange area or arc of orange spots on top, but plain brown underneath. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

    The moth is conspicuous when flying from the flashing of the underside gold patch as the wings flap.

    The species has been taken in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading

    F.M. Angel,
    Notes on the Lepidoptera of the Northern Territory of Australia, with Description of New Species,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 74 (1951), p. 14, and also Plate 1, figs. 1-4.


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    (updated 3 February 2005, 10 October 2013)