Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Xylorycta maeandria

Xylorycta maeandria Meyrick, 1915.

Xylorycta maeandria, ♂, holotype. Photograph by Patrick Strutzenberger, ©BMNH.

Xylorycta maeandria Meyrick, 1915. Exotic Microlepidoptera. 1 (10–15): 289–320, 321–352, 353–384, 385–416, 417–448, 449–480 [375]. Holotype BMNH ♂, Parramatta, NSW.
Xylorycta maeandria Meyrick, 1915. 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 maeandria Meyrick, 1915. 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 maeandria Meyrick, 1915. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1915
Xylorycta maeandria, n. sp.
♂. 17 mm. Head white. Palpi white, second joint blackish except towards base and apex, Antennal ciliations ½. Thorax blackish, lateral and posterior margins white. Abdomen fuscous, segmental margins ochreous-whitish. Forewings elongate, rather narrow, costa gently arched, apex obtuse, termen obliquely rounded; 7 to apex; white; costal edge tinged with pale greyish-ochreous, towards base blackish; four dark fuscous fasciae, first from middle of costa to 1/3 of dorsum, acutely angulated inwards on fold, second from costa beyond middle to 2/3 of dorsum, connected with first at both extremities, third from 4/5 of costa to dorsum before tornus, where it is connected with second, fourth terminal, connected with third on costa: cilia white, tinged with grey on costa and tornus. Hindwings grey; cilia grey-whitish, greyer towards base.
New South Wales, Parramatta, in October (Raynor); one specimen.

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