Golden Sun Moth

 

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I’m currently researching Synemon plana, commonly known as the Golden Sun Moth.

Native to Australia, the Golden Sun Moth is now considered endangered due to habitat degradation. To ensure it’s survival, native Australian grasslands must be protected and where possible, connected to other grasslands.   Wallaby Grass’ are the primary host plants for the Golden Sun Moth therefore vital to it’s existence.  Once hatched, the larvae of the Golden Sun Moth burrow into their host plant and eventually, after eleven months, tunnel underground where they feed on the host plants tuberous roots.  They live for two to three years within a host plant whilst larvae yet as Adults, Golden Sun Moths live for only four days.  The adult females are unable to fly too far afield so flash their bright golden underwings in the sunlight to attract their male counterparts attention.

Jessica Lee.