Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cryptophasa panleuca

Cryptophasa panleuca (Lower, 1901)

♀- Qld, Millstream Falls near Ravenshoe, 27 Dec. 1962, R. Dobson leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

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

♀ - gvc6171, Herveys Range, Queensland. Scan By Graeme Cocks.

♀ - gvc6171, Herveys Range, Queensland. Scan By Graeme Cocks.

♂ - gvc6172, Herveys Range, Queensland. Scan By Graeme Cocks.

♂ - gvc6172, Herveys Range, Queensland. Scan By Graeme Cocks.

Cryptophaga panleuca Lower, 1901. Descriptions of new genera and species of Australian Lepidoptera. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  25: 63-98 [83]. Holotype SAMA ♂, Cooktown, Qld.
Cryptophasa panleuca (Lower Turner, 1902: New Australian Lepidoptera, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  26, 175-207 [205].
Cryptophasa panleuca (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 [87]
Cryptophasa panleuca (Lower, 1901). 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 panleuca (Lower, 1901). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Lower 1901
Cryptophaga panleuca, n. sp.
Male, 34 mm. Head, palpi, antennae, legs, thorax, and abdomen white, antennae pectinations 4, second segment of abdomen orange red, remainder of segment narrowly orange. Forewings elongate-oblong, costa gently arched, termen rounded, oblique; 2 from considerably before the angle; white, without markings; cilia shining white. Hindwings shining snow white; a row of black dots along termen; cilia snow white.
Similar in appearance to epadelpha, Meyr., but the white hindwings separate it at once from that species.
Cooktown, Queensland; one specimen (? taken in October).

Subsequent description, Turner 1902
Cryptophasa panleuca, Low.
(Trans. Roy. Soc., S.A., 1901, p. 83.)
Male and female, 31-44 mm. Head, thorax, and palpi white. Antennae white in both sexes; pectinations in male 1 ½. Abdomen white; second segment bright reddish-ochreous above; apices of three succeeding segments narrowly reddish-ochreous above. Legs white; inner aspect of anterior pair spotted with blackish. Forewings elongate-oblong, costa slightly arched, apex rounded, hindmargin obliquely rounded; white; cilia, white. Hindwings white; a series of minute blackish dots along hindmargin.
The sexes are closely similar. This species may be at once distinguished from the preceding [C. byssinopis] by the absence of discal dots.
Townsville, Queensland, in September; a series bred by Mr. F. P. Dodd. The larvae bore the stems of species of Tristania [Lophostemon].

Cryptophasa panleuca,, gvc6172, Herveys Range, Queensland.

Cryptophasa panleuca, ♀ wing venation

male genitalia, gvc6295, Herveys Range, Queensland.

aedeagus, gvc6193, Herveys Range, Queensland.

Food plants: Lophostemon sp.
Flight period: September, October, December, January, April.
Distribution: Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).