Friday, July 9, 2010

Maroga paragypsa

Maroga paragypsa Lower, 1901

♂ - WA, 2 km ENE of Millstream, 30. Oct. 1970, I.F.B. Common M.S. Upton leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

♀ - WA, 17 km NbyE of Cane River Homestead Lat. 21' 56'' S Long. 115' 39'' E, 27. Apr. 1979, I.F.B. Common M.S. Upton leg. (ANIC). [AMO].




Maroga paragypsa Lower, 1901. Descriptions of new genera and species of Australian Lepidoptera. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  25: 63-98 [82]. Holotype NMV ♂, Roebourne, WA.
Maroga paragypsa Lower, 1901. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [88].
Maroga paragypsa Lower, 1901. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original decription, Lower 1901
Maroga paragypsa, n. sp.
Male, 40 mm. Head, palpi, thorax, and antennae creamy-white, terminal joint of palpi less than one-half of second. Abdomen orange, darker on posterior segments white beneath. Legs ochreous-whitish, middle and posterior tibiae orange, tarsi of anterior legs blackish. Forewings elongate-oblong, costa slightly arched towards base, termen rather obliquely rounded: 7 to apex, 3 from just before angle; creamy-white, sparsely irrorated with some minute blackish scales, which become somewhat ochreous towards base; cilia white. Hindwings and cilia creamy white, basal and inner marginal areas clothed with long yellowish hairs.
Between setiotricha, Meyr., and unipunctana, Don, but not very near either.
Roeburne, Western Australia; one specimen. (Type in Coll. Lyell).

Food plants:
Flight period: April, October.
Distribution: Western Australia. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).