Monday, August 30, 2010

Cryptophasa ochroleuca

Cryptophasa ochroleuca (Lower, 1892)

- NSW, 9 km W of Coonabarabran Lat. 149 11’’ S Long.31 75’’ E 533 m alt., 24. Dec. 1974, E.D. Edwards leg. (ANIC). EMERGED [AMO].

- Qld, Toowoomba, 15. Feb. 1966, J. Macqueen leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Cryptophaga ochroleuca Lower, 1892. Descriptions of New South Australian Lepidoptera. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  15: 5–17 [15]. Holotype SAMA ♂, Blackwood, SA.
 Cryptophasa ochroleuca Low. Common, Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press. 227-230 [230].
Cryptophasa ochroleuca (Lower, 1892). Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [87]
Cryptophasa ochroleuca (Lower, 1892). 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 17 April 2010].
Cryptophasa ochroleuca (Lower, 1892). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Lower 1892
Crypt. ochroleuca, sp. nov.
Male, 45 mm. Head, palpi, thorax, and abdomen whitish-ochreous; base of palpi internally blackish, second segment of abdomen distinct orange-red. Legs ochreous-whitish, anterior and middle distinctly pinkish-tinged above; tarsi black, with white rings at apex of joints. Forewings oblong, posteriorly somewhat dilated; costa moderately arched, apex obtuse; hindmargin rather obliquely rounded; whitish-ochreous; a black dot in disc at one-third; a second, double, on fold beneath middle, and two others transversely placed, and connected by a fine black line in disc at three-fifths; a row of black spots along hindmargin and apical fourth of costa; 2 from five-sixths; cilia dark fuscous, base somewhat paler, especially towards anal angle. Hindwings and cilia shining white; cilia with black spots at termination of veins, except on anal angle; veins 6 and 7 from a point.
Between lurida [C. balteata], Meyr., and sarcinota, Meyr.; differs from the former chiefly by the absence of the spots on cilia of forewings, and from the latter by the different ground-colour and other minor points.
One fine specimen from Eucalyptus sp. at Blackwood in middle of February.

Other references

Fig. 23.16: Common, 1990

C. ochroleuca Low. (Fig. 23.16) has mainly a tableland distribution, from southern Queensland to Mt. Lofty, South Australia. The larva bores in Eucalyptus and feeds on the regenerating bark surrounding the vestibule it excavates at the entrance to its tunnel. (Common, 1990).

Food plants: Larva boring in stem. Larval foodplant: Eucalyptus sp. (Myrtaceae). (Edwards, 2003).
Flight period: December, February.
Distribution: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).