Richter A, Weinhold D, Robertson G, Young M, Edwards T, Hnatiuk S and Osborne W (2013) More than an empty case: a non invasive technique for monitoring the Australian critically endangered golden sun moth
, Synemon plana (Lepidoptera: Castniidae).
In this issue of the journal we are able to do it twice in widely different environments, with papers focusing on the sun moth
in New South Wales and crawling medusa in coastal Victoria.
Other sun moth species which occur in NSW include Synemon collecta (grassy woodlands on the northern tablelands), Synemon jcaria (mallee woodland in central inland NSW), Synemon magnifica (open sandstone areas on the coast and ranges), Synemon plana (native grassland on the southern tablelands) and an undescribed Synemon species (Snowy Mountains) (O'Dwyer and Attiwill 1999; Douglas 2003; Zborowski and Edwards 2007; Richter et al.
New TR, Gibson L and Van Praagh BD (2007) The golden sun moth Synemon plana (Castniidae) on Victoria's remnant southern native grasslands.
O'Dwyer C and Attiwill PM (1999) A comparative study of habitats of the golden sun moth Synemon plana Walker (Lepidoptera: Castniidae): implications for restoration.
Richter A, Osborne W, Hnatiuk S and Rowell A (2013) Moths in fragments: insights into the biology and ecology of the Australian endangered golden sun moth Synemon plana (Lepidoptera: Castniidae) in natural temperate and exotic grassland remnants.
The sun moths (family Castniidae) are a group of day-flying moths with a Gondwanan distribution (Common 1990).
The sun moths generally flew within about a 15 m radius of this area before returning to settle again within a few metres.