Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Xylorycta cosmopis

Xylorycta cosmopis Meyrick, 1890.


Xylorycta cosmopis Meyrick, 1890. Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  13: 23–81 [60]. Syntype(s) BMNH 4♂♀, Geraldton, Perth and Albany, WA.
Xylorycta cosmopis Meyr. Turner, 1898. The Xyloryctidae of Queensland. Annals of the Queensland Museum 4: 1–32 [14].
Xylorycta cosmopis Meyrick, 1890. 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 cosmopis 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 cosmopis Meyrick, 1890. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1890
Xyl. cosmopis, n. sp.
Both sexes 22-24 mm. Head white, sides of face orange. Palpi white, second joint more or less orange-tinged. Antennae whitish. Thorax silvery-white. Abdomen white, anal tuft ochreous-tinged. Legs ochreous-whitish, anterior and middle tibiae more or less suffused with light orange. Forewings elongate, moderate, costa slightly arched, apex obtuse, hindmargin gently rounded, oblique; shining snow-white; costa slenderly ochreous-tinged, costal edge very slenderly blackish on basal fourth: cilia white. Hindwings grey-whitish, apex somewhat greyer; cilia white.
Geraldton, Perth, and Albany, West Australia; in November, four specimens.

Other references

Xylorycta cosmopis, Meyr. Meyrick, 60. Antennal ciliations of male, 2. Brisbane: one specimen. I am not sure whether this species is distinct from the following [X. argentella]. (Turner, 1898).

Food plants: Larval foodplant: Jacksonia furcellata (Fabaceae). (Edwards, 2003).
Flight period: November.
Distribution: Western Australia. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).