Sighting

Reiner Richter 26 Jan 2015

Blue Mountains Moth

image rotated for bowerbird

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Sighted 2 Jan 2015
Newnes Plateau

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Identifications

  • Darren Carman 26 January 2015
    Synemon magnifica
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Castniidae: Synemon: magnifica
    Common Names: Moths, Castniids, Magnificent Sun-Moth
    Darren Carman says

    Hi Reiner, I agree with Linda that it is a Sun-moth (she beat me to the comment). I have made some checks and believe it is a fairly worn S. magnifica (refer http://www.lepbarcoding.org/australia/species.php?region=1&id=70971). The wing patterns are a good match (I find it easiest to rotate one of the images until they are both in the same orientation for comparison). ALA does have records for this species from this 'general' area. (refer http://biocache.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=lsid%3Aurn%3Alsid%3Abiodiversity.org.au%3Aafd.taxon%3A14211f42-708d-4a34-80dc-cc33316cfead&fq=state%3ANew+South+Wales&fq=cl959:%22Blue+Mountains+%28C%29%22#tab_mapView). Cheers Darren

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Notes

  • Reiner Richter 27 January 2015
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    Reiner Richter says

    thanks all

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  • Reiner Richter 26 January 2015
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    Reiner Richter says

    I noticed this moth when it fluttered near the ground showing its orange on top of the hindwings. When resting it was very well camouflaged against the burnt ground.

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  • Reiner Richter 26 January 2015
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    Reiner Richter says

    Thanks Graeme, I have a camera with a flippy-out, rotaty screen so I don't have to lie on the ground (in this case black, burnt stuff). :)

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  • Linda Rogan 26 January 2015
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    Linda Rogan says

    Maybe this will be one of the sun moths as they have clubbed antennae?

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  • Graeme Cocks 26 January 2015
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    Graeme Cocks says

    Clubbed antennae indicate a butterfly, and probably a Lycaeinidae. What an interesting critter. Hopefully a name will be forthcoming. Great ventral shot. I bet your left shoulder is covered in dirt.

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