Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cryptophasa stochastis

Cryptophasa stochastis (Meyrick, 1890)

♂ - NT, Coopers Creek, 19 km E byS of Mt Borradaile Lat.12 06’’ S Long. 133 04’’ E, 2. Nov. 1972, I.F.B. Common E.D. Edwards M.S. Upton leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Cryptophaga stochastis Meyrick, 1890, Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  13: 23–81 [30]. Syntype(s) BMNH 4♂♀, York, WA.
Cryptophaga stochastis Meyr. Lower, 1894, New Australian Heterocera. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 18: 77-113 [89].
Cryptophaga stochastis. Illidge, 1895, Xylorycts, or timber moths. Queensland Natural History Society Transactions, 1, 29-34.
Cryptophaga stochastis Meyr. Lower, 1896, A catalogue of Victorian Heterocera. Part xix. The Victorian Naturalist, 12: 149-152.
Cryptophaga stochastis Meyr. Turner, A.J. 1898. The Xyloryctidae of Queensland. Annals of the Queensland Museum 4: 1–32 [8].
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Original description, Meyrick 1890
Crypt. stochastis, n. sp.
Both sexes 27 -33mm. Head grey-whitish. Palpi whitish, sprinkled with dark grey. Antennae whitish, pectinations in male whitish-ochreous. Thorax grey-whitish, posteriorly greyer, posterior extremity mixed with blackish. Abdomen fuscous-whitish. Legs dark fuscous irrorated with whitish, posterior tibiae whitish above. Forewings elongate, moderate, costa gently arched, apex rounded, hindmargin rather obliquely rounded; 2 from 2/3; ashy-grey, thinly sprinkled with blackish; a dark grey dot near base in middle; about five indistinct cloudy dark-grey dots in a longitudinal series in disc from ¼ to ¾, the last subcrescentic; a small cloudy subquadrate dark-grey spot beneath fourth dot, sometimes connected indistinctly with third: cilia ashy-grey. Hind-wings with veins 6 and 7 from a point or short-stalked; fuscous, base paler and whitish-tinged; cilia fuscous, tips and a row of median points whitish.
York, West Australia; four specimens bred in December.
Larva feeds on Hakea (the same species as C. hierastis [Potniarcha hierastis]), living in a barricaded tunnel and carrying in the spines for food, in October.

Cryptophaga stochastis, Meyr.
I have received specimens from Oakleigh, Victoria, and Herberton, North Queensland. The types were from York, Western Australia. (Lower, 1894).

C. stochastis, Meyr. (Tr. Roy. Soc. S.A., 30, 1889).
Kewell, Warracknabeal [Victoria]. (Lower, 1896).

Cryptophaga stochastis, Meyr. Meyrick, 30. Mr Lower records this species from Herberton, North Queensland. (Proc Roy. Soc. S.A. 1894, 89). (Turner, 1898).

Cryptophaga stochastis Meyr.
1890—Larva (brief). E. Meyrick. Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Austral., p. 31.
Food-plant : Hakea. (Beutenmüller, 1901).

Food plants: Larva boring in stem. Larval foodplant: Hakea sp. (Proteaceae). (Edwards, 2003).
Flight period:  November.
Distribution: Western Australia. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).