Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Xylorycta calligramma

Xylorycta calligramma (Meyrick, 1890)


Telecrates calligramma Meyrick, 1890, Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  13: 23–81 [64]. Syntype(s) BMNH 4♂♀, Blackheath, NSW.
Xylorycta calligramma Meyr. Turner, 1939. A second revision of the Lepidoptera of Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of The Royal Society of Tasmania, 1938: 57–115 [84].
Xylorycta calligramma (Meyrick, 1890). Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD
Telecrates calligramma Meyrick, 1890. Beccaloni, G. W., Scoble, M. J., Robinson, G. S. & Pitkin, B. (Editors). 2003. The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex). World Wide Web electronic publication. [accessed 5 May 2010].
Xylorycta calligramma (Meyrick, 1890). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1890
Tel. calligramma, n. sp.
Both sexes 22-23 mm. Head fuscous, lower part of face and a mark above eyes white. Palpi dark fuscous, suffused with white above, and towards base of second joint on sides. Antennae fuscous. Thorax fuscous, with a slender white stripe on each side of back. Abdomen fuscous-whitish. Legs dark fuscous, posterior pair fuscous-whitish. Forewings elongate, costa moderately arched, apex roundpointed, hindmargin nearly straight, oblique; shining white; all veins marked with rather thick bronzy-fuscous streaks: cilia fuscous-whitish, base bronzy-fuscous. Hindwings light grey, veins darker, apex suffused with whitish-ochreous; cilia ochreous-whitish, with a faint fuscous basal line.
Blackheath (3,500 feet), New South Wales; four specimens in November.
Other references

[Xylorycta polysticha] Nearest, X. calligramma Meyr. (Turner, 1939).

Food plants:
Flight period: November.
Distribution: New South Wales. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).