Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cryptophasa argyrocolla

Cryptophasa argyrocolla Turner, 1917

♀  - WA, Merredin, L.J. Newman leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

♂ - WA, Merredin, L.J. Newman leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Cryptophasa argyrocolla Turner, 1917. Lepidopterological gleanings. Proc. R. Soc. Qd 29: 70–106 [93]. Syntype(s) ANIC 2♀♂, Cunderdin, WA.
Cryptophasa argyrocolla Turner, 1917. 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 argyrocolla Turner, 1917. 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 June 2010].
Cryptophasa argyrocolla Turner, 1917. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original descripton, Turner 1917
Cryptophasa argyrocolla, n. sp.
αργυροχολλος, inlaid with silver.
♂♀ 30-36 mm. Head brown-whitish. Palpi with second joint reaching base of antennae, somewhat dilated towards apex; terminal joint rather short, 2/5; whitish; external surface of  second joint fuscous on basal 3/5, Antennae grey; pectinations in ♂ 3, ochreous-tinged. Thorax brown-whitish; patagia grey. Abdomen dull reddish-ochreous, apices of segments ochreous-whitish. Legs grey; anterior pair fuscous; posterior tibiae ochreous-whitish. Forewings with costa arched near base, thence straight, apex rounded, termen straight, scarcely oblique; 2 from near middle grey; a broad silvery white costal streak from 1/8 to apex, broadest at ¼ from base, there angled and gradually narrowing to a point at apex; a broad brownish suffusion beneath costal streak towards base; a transversely oval, black-edged, brownish spot at 2/3, indenting costal streak; some whitish suffusion before tornus; a blackish dentate subterminal line, edged posteriorly with brownish; cilia grey, bases, and apices whitish. Hindwings grey; cilia whitish with a grey sub-basal line.
W.A. Cunderdin in November and December; two specimens received from Mr. R. Illidge.

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Distribution: Western Australia. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).