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A profound, and possibly unexpected connection to the sun and its magic, the power of the north, a connection to grasslands and grasses, your lifestyle is rare and potentially threatened, finding it easier to function from a youthful state of mind, at times, feeling powerless or restricted as an adult, a messenger from the spirit, a connection to gold and the colour gold, a soothing, golden light, being deeply and negatively affected by inclement weather or difficult situations, needing to be a fair weather friend from time to time, metamorphosis, protecting yourself from other people’s problems. Description
The golden sun moth is a Critically Endangered, medium-sized diurnal moth found in Australia. They have clubbed, instead of brushy antennae, which is unusual for a moth. They are confined to grassy woodlands, and reliant on Austrodanthronia grass species (wallaby grasses). They need at least 40% of this type of grassland to have a good chance of survival. Less than 1% of these temperate grasslands remain, causing drastic reduction and fragmentation in the populations of the golden sun moth. Females are brighter than the males, with bright golden brown colouring that gives them their distinctive name. Females are often flightless, but will fly when disturbed.
They live for approximately two years, though are more likely to only live for 12 months. Females, after mating, lay 200 eggs at the base of grass tussocks. The adults only live for 2-5 days, as they are unable to feed. They prefer North-facing sloped lands. Adults will not fly on days that are wet, overcast, too windy or otherwise affected by inclement weather. As males will not fly more than 100 metres from their patch of wallaby grasses, populations 200 metres apart are considered isolated. Adult males spend their short lives hovering/patrolling about 1 metre above the grass to look for females. Environments that support golden sun moths are often grazed by cattle and sheep; which can cause further decline in populations. However, in areas of light grazing, populations of golden sun moth can potentially be maintained on private land.
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