Friday, July 9, 2010

Maroga sericodes

Maroga sericodes Meyrick, 1915

Female - Qld, Townsville, F.P. Dodd leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Maroga sericodes Meyrick, 1915, Exotic Microlepidoptera. 1 (10–15): 289–320, 321–352, 353–384, 385–416, 417–448, 449–480 [372]. Holotype BMNH ♀, Townsville, Qld.
Maroga sericodes 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 [88].
Cryptophasa sericodes 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 24 April 2010].
Maroga sericodes Meyrick, 1915. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1915
Maroga sericodes, n. sp.
♀. 58 mm. Head whitish-ochreous. Palpi greyish-ochreous, terminal joint grey, posteriorly dark fuscous. Antennae white, becoming dark fuscous on basal 2/5. Thorax whitish-ochreous tinged with grey. Abdomen greyish, segments banded with ferruginous, basal tufts and apex ochreous-yellowish. Anterior legs dark fuscous, posterior tibiae ochreous-yellow. Forewings elongate-oblong, costa near base gently, then slightly arched, apex obtuse, termen slightly rounded, somewhat oblique; shining whitish-grey, whitish towards costa, especially anteriorly: cilia white, towards base ochreous-tinged. Hindwings grey, darker towards tornus; cilia whitish.
Queensland, Townsville, bred in September (Dodd); one specimen. Differs from unipunctana in form of wing, being more oblong, with costa and termen less arched, and no trace of discal black dot.

Food plants: Larva boring in stem. Larval foodplant: introduced Calliandra calothyrsus (Mimosaceae). (Edwards, 2003).
Flight period: September.
Distribution: Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).