The Golden Sun Moth has beautiful yellow hind wings that resemble a “golden sun”. This moth is threatened due to development and fragmentation of its grassland habitat. Unlike most Lepidoptera, the Golden Sun Moth feeds on the roots of grasses. Its natural habitat is grasslands in Australia that are grazed by Wallabies.
In the Canberra, Australia area, a planned building by the Bangladesh High Commission was delayed because the Golden Sun Moth was found on the site. The site is being evaluated in further detail to determine if the construction would harm the moth populations. The Canberra building plan sites foreign embassies in this area which happens to be habitat for the Golden Sun Moth. The moth may force a change in plans as diplomacy gets trumped by conservation.