Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Xylorycta micracma

Xylorycta micracma (Meyrick, 1890)


Telecrates micracma 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♂, Deloraine, Tasmania.
Xylorycta micracma (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].
Telecrates micracma 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 6 May 2010].
Xylorycta micracma (Meyrick, 1890). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1890
Tel. micracma, n. sp.
Male 17-18 mm. Head white, with a suffused dark fuscous spot above each antenna. Palpi white, second joint irrorated with dark fuscous, towards apex wholly dark fuscous, terminal joint hardly half second. Antennae dark grey. Thorax white, anteriorly ochreous-tinged. Abdomen grey-whitish. Legs dark grey, posterior pair grey-whitish. Forewings elongate, costa moderately arched, apex round pointed, hindmargin sinuate, oblique; silvery-white; costal edge finely dark fuscous towards base: cilia silvery-white, on costa light grey. Hindwings grey; cilia white, base greyish-tinged.
Deloraine, Tasmania; four specimens in December.

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