Lichenaula tuberculata Meyrick, 1890
Lichenaula tuberculata Meyrick, 1890, Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 13: 23–81 . Syntype(s) BMNH 3♂♀, Sydney, NSW.
Lichenaula tuberculata 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 .
Xylorycta tuberculata (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. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/entomology/lepindex [accessed 23 April 2010].
Lichenaula tuberculata Meyrick, 1890. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/online-resources/fauna/afd/taxa/XYLORYCTINAE [accessed 18 June 2010].
Original description, Meyrick 1890
Lich. tuberculata, n. sp.
Both sexes 19-27 mm. Head grey-whitish or grey. Palpi white, irrorated with dark fuscous. Antennae grey, sprinkled with white, ciliations in male ¼ Thorax grey, sometimes mixed with blackish. Abdomen fuscous-whitish. Legs white, more or less densely irrorated with dark fuscous. Forewings elongate, costa moderately arched, apex rounded, hindmargin very obliquely rounded; 7 to apex; ashy-grey, with scattered whitish scales; veins partially marked with slender blackish lines, most distinctly in disc and towards hindmargin, elsewhere hardly perceptibly; the white scales tend to form streaks in disc along these lines, and sometimes one or two small indistinct spots before middle of disc; two black dots transversely placed in disc at 2/3, lower rather anterior, connected by a white posteriorly blackish-margined mark, followed by a cloudy roundish brownish-ochreous suffusion; some blackish scales forming an indistinct subapical suffusion: cilia whitish, with fuscous bars irrorated with black. Hindwings fuscous, more whitish-fuscous and ochreous-tinged anteriorly, hindmargin darker; cilia fuscous-whitish, with a fuscous basal line.
Sydney, New South Wales; in October and November, three specimens. Larva 16-legged, rather stout, cylindrical, with scattered hairs; whitish-grey; sides somewhat marbled with dull obscure purplish; spots moderate, raised, black; head rough, black; second segment reddish-brown, paler posteriorly, with a suffused black transverse band. Feeds on Crowea saligna, residing in a barricaded tunnel in fork of stem, and drawing up leaves for food, in September.
Food plants: Larva in bore in stem tying cut leaves with silk to bore entrance. Larval foodplant: Crowea saligna (Rutaceae). (Edwards, 2003).
Flight period: October, November.
Distribution: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).