Orange-spotted Sun Moth
Under wing
Adelaide Hills
Undescribed Wood Moth
S1: Male?, dorsal
 
    
Orange-spotted Sun Moth (Synemon parthenoides)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Sun Moth (:Castnioidea Castniidae)
Species: Orange-spotted Sun Moth (Synemon parthenoides)
This Photo:     Female? Ventral
Other name: Link Moth
Similar Species: Klug's Xenica

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills, and elsewhere
A very special thank you to Rusty Ryder for taking us to their location and pointing them out to us. In flight they looked very much like the brown butterflies around at the time. If Rusty wasn't there to point them out to us, we wouldn't have noticed them, just thinking they were fast flying brown butterflies.
A most unusual moth in that their antennae are the same as a butterflies, clubbed on the end; plus never sits with it's wings vertically together like butterflies.
As we weren't able to catch one, we have no size information, but they were smaller than the Klug's Xenica. Similar to Synemon sophia (another sun moth species). We suspect the 4th photo shows a female as the body is fatter & not as elongated as the other 3 (possibly males?). Notice the iridescence on the leading edge of the forewings (which disappears easily with a slight tilt) as well as along the trailing edge of all wings.

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 06-Dec-2017
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.