Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Xylorycta streptogramma

Xylorycta streptogramma (Lower, 1903)


Telecrates streptogramma Lower, 1903, Descriptions of new species of Xysmatodoma, etc. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 27: 216–239 [229]. Holotype NMV ♂, Gisborne, Vic.
Xylorycta streptogramma (Lower, 1903). Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [89].
Xylorycta streptogramma (Lower, 1903). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Lower 1903
Telecrates streptogramma, n. sp.
Male, 20 mm. Head, palpi, and thorax ochreous-orange, palpi externally fuscous, except basal two-thirds of second joint, thorax with a broad fuscous anterior hand, patagia orange, fuscous anteriorly. Antennae fuscous, ciliations nearly one-half. Abdomen fuscous-leaden, segmental margins yellowish, lateral margins yellowish. Legs ochreous-fuscous, posterior pair ochreous-yellow. Forewings elongate, moderate, costa gently arched, termen oblique, faintly sinuate beneath apex; 7 to termen; shining pale yellow, with blackish markings; costal edge narrowly blackish throughout; indistinct towards apex; a moderately broad subcostal streak from base to apex, emitting from its upper extremity at two-thirds fine lines along veins to termination; an inwardly oblique somewhat triangular spot on dorsum at anal angle; all veins between this and termen outlined with blackish; a fine line along termen; cilia ochreous-yellow, basal half fuscous. Hindwings with veins 6 and 7 stalked, dark fuscous, becoming much paler on basal one-half; cilia ochreous-yellow, becoming paler towards base, and with a faint fuscous basal line towards anal angle.
A distinct and pretty species, recalling species of Philobota (Oecophoridae).
Gisborne, Victoria,; one specimen (probably dislodged from Casuarina) in December. (Coll., Lyell.).

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Flight period: December.
Distribution: New South Wales, Victoria. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).