Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cryptophasa atecmarta

Cryptophasa atecmarta Turner, 1917

♂ - WA, Brooktown, 14. Nov. 1963, V.J. Robinson leg. (ANIC). Bred [AMO].

♀ - NSW, West Pilliga Lat.30 37 S Long. 148 41 E, 13. Nov. 1989, E.D. Edwards leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Cryptophasa atecmarta Turner, 1917. Lepidopterological gleanings. Proc. R. Soc. Qd 29: 70–106 [94]. Syntype(s) ANIC 2♂, Cunderdin, WA.
Cryptophasa atecmarta 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 atecmarta 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 atecmarta Turner, 1917. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description: Turner 1917
Cryptophasa atecmarta, n. sp.
ατεχμαρτος, obscure.
♂ 32 mm. Head grey-whitish. Palpi moderate, second joint just reaching base of antennae, terminal joint ½;  whitish irrorated with grey. Antennae grey; pectinations in ♂ 3½ · Thorax grey. Abdomen fuscous-grey, mixed with whitish on sides, under-surface whitish; apices of segments on dorsum narrowly reddish-ochreous. Legs whitish irrorated with grey. Forewings with costa gently arched, beyond middle straight, apex rounded, termen rounded, scarcely oblique; 2 from 2/3; grey with sparse fuscous irroration; markings indistinct; a fuscous dot in disc at ¼, a second in middle, a third at ¾; this last forms the apex of a darker shape, the terminal area being paler grey; cilia grey. Hindwings and cilia pale fuscous.
W.A. Cunderdin in December; two specimens received  from Mr. R. Illidge.

Food plants: Larva boring in stem. Larval foodplant: Hakea leucoptera (Proteaceae). (Edwards, 2003).
Flight period:
Distribution: New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).