Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cryptophasa catharia

Cryptophasa catharia Turner, 1917



Cryptophasa catharia Turner, 1917. Lepidopterological gleanings. Proc. R. Soc. Qd 29: 70–106 [92]. Holotype ANIC ♀, Waroona, WA.
Cryptophasa catharia 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 catharia 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 15 April 2010].
Cryptophasa catharia Turner, 1917. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Turner, 1917
χαθαριος, clean, spotless.
♀ 45 mm. Head and thorax ochreous-whitish. Palpi rather short; second joint scarcely reaching base of antennae; terminal joint 1/3; whitish. Antennae grey-whitish, basal joint ochreous-whitish. Abdomen grey; underside and dorsum , of first two segments whitish; dorsum of third segment reddish orange; margins of succeding [sic] segments on dorsum narrowly reddish-orange with whitish fringes. Legs whitish; tarsi annulated with blackish. Forewings with costa gently arched, apex rounded-rectangular, termen straight, scarcely oblique; 2 from 5/6; uniformly whitish with a slight brown tinge; cilia concolorous with dark fuscous bars. Hindwings grey-whitish; dorsal hairs and cilia whitish.
One of the sarcinota group.
W.A. Waroona in December; one specimen received from Mr. R. Illidge.

Food plants:
Flight period: December.
Distribution: Western Australia. (Edwards, 2003).