Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cryptophasa argyrias

Cryptophasa argyrias Turner, 1906

♀ - Qld, Stannary Hills, F.P. Dodd leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

♂ - Qld, Kuranda, 1. Dec. 1906, F.P. Dodd leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

♀ - Qld, Kuranda, A. Sundholm leg. (LWC). [AMO].

Cryptophasa argyrias Turner, 1906. New Australian Lepidoptera, with synonymic and other notes. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 30: 118–142 [141]. Holotype BMNH ♂, Kuranda, Qld.  
Cryptophasa argyrias Turner, 1906. 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 argyrias Turner, 1906. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Turner 1906
Cryptophasa argyrias, n. sp.
(Arguros, silver.)
Female, 60 mm. Head ochreous; face ochreous, whitish in centre. Palpi dark-fuscous, with some pale ochreous scales; posteriorly pale ochreous. Antennae pale grey; pectinations in male moderate (3~½) . Thorax silvery-white; tegulae pale-ochreous; patagia forming loose spreading hairlike tufts, pale ochreous, mixed with fuscous. Abdomen dark-fuscous; first and second segments pale ochreous; third segment suffused with reddish-ochreous; terminal segment ochreous. Legs dark-fuscous; coxae, small posterior tufts on anterior tibiae, and obscure tarsal annulations ochreous. Forewings elongate-oblong, costa gently arched, apex rounded, termen rounded, scarcely oblique; shining silvery white; a dark-fuscous line along costal and terminal edge, broader on latter; cilia whitish-ochreous. Hindwings ochreous-whitish-grey; terminal edge fuscous; cilia pale ochreous, with a basal fuscous line.
Type in CoIl., Walsingham.
N.Q., Kuranda, in January; one female and a mutilated male received from Mr. F. P. Dodd.

Food plants:
Flight period: December.
Distribution: Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).