Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cryptophasa cannea

Cryptophasa cannea (T.P. Lucas, 1901)

Cryptophaga cannea, T.P. Lucas, 1901, Queensland Lepidoptera. Proc. R. Soc. Qd 16: 73–95 [85]. Syntype(s) whereabouts unknown 2♂♀, Sunny Bank, Brisbane, Qld.
Cryptophasa cannea (T.P. Lucas, 1901). 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 cannea (T.P. Lucas, 1901). 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 15 April 2010].
Cryptophasa cannea (T.P. Lucas, 1901). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, T. P. Lucas 1901
Cryptophaga cannea, nov. sp.
♂♀18-24 mm. Head, palpi, and thorax rich ochreous red. Antennae ochreous at base, shading to fuscous. Abdomen ochreous, with broad ochreous fuscons bands on segments. Forewings gently rounded, apical half straight, hind margin obliquely rounded, ochreous red. Cilia lighter ochreous. Hind wings smoky grey, with veins distinctly outlined. Cilia light ochreous. One pair at Sunny Bank, Brisbane, feeding in a species of Banksia.

Food plants: Lucas stated they fed on Banksia (Proteaceae) and it is presumed he meant the larvae. (Edwards, 2003).
Flight period:
Distribution: Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).