Monday, September 20, 2010

Cryptophasa alphitodes

Cryptophasa alphitodes Turner, 1904

♂ - NT, Cooper Creek, 19 km SE of Mt Borradaile Lat. 12' 06'' S Long. 133' 04'' E, 31. May. 1973, E.D. Edwards M.S. Upton leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

♀ - NT, Brocks Creek, 27. Mar. 1976, T.G. Campbell leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

♀- Qld, Cooks Hut, Iron Range Lat. 12 43 S Long.143 18 E, 17. Jul. 1988, E.D. Edwards leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

- Qld, 3 km ENE of Mt Tozer Lat.12 44 S Long. 143 14 E, 29. Jun. 1986, J.C. Cardale leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Cryptophasa alphitodes Turner, 1904. New Australian Lepidoptera, with synonymic notes and other notes. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 28: 212–247 [244]. Holotype ANIC ♀, Thursday Island, Qld.
Cryptophasa alphitodes Turner, 1904. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [86].
Cryptophasa alphitodes Turner, 1904. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 17 June 2010].

Original description, Turner 1904
Cryptophasa alphitodes, n. sp.
(Alphitodes, floury.)
Male, 35 mm.; female, 47 mm. Head and palpi whitish. Antennae whitish.: pectinations in male moderate (5). Thorax whitish, irrorated with grey. Abdomen whitish-ochreous. Legs fuscous, irrorated with whitish-ochreous; posterior pair mostly whitish-ochreous. Forewings elongate-oblong, costa. gently arched, more strongly in female; vein 2 from two-thirds: whitish, irrorated with grey; an oblique fuscous bar from base of costa to fold; an oblique oval median discal spot outlined with fuscous scales, centre whitish-ochreous; a few fuscous scales in disc at one-third before this; cilia whitish, on costa barred with fuscous. Hindwings whitish-ochreous: cilia whitish.
Type in Coll., Turner.
N.Q. Thursday Island. Two specimens.

Food plants:
Flight period: March, May, June, July
Distribution: Northern Territory, Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).