Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cryptophasa chionodes

Cryptophasa chionodes (Turner, 1898)

♀ - Qld, Millmerran, 2. Jan. 1976, J. Macqueen leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

- Qld, Millmerran, 14. Nov. 1949, J. Macqueen leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Cryptophaga chionodes (Turner, 1898). The Xyloryctidae of Queensland. Annals of the Queensland Museum 4: 1–32 [9]. Syntype(s) ANIC 1♂, 2♀, Charters Towers, Qld.
Cryptophasa chionodes (Turner, 1898). 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 chionodes (Turner, 1898). 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 chionodes (Turner, 1898). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Turner 1898
CRYPTOPHAGA CHIONODES, n. sp. Male, 36 , mm.; antennal pectinations, 4. Female, 57-58 mm. Forewings with vein 2 from ¾; with 6 and 7 from a point or short-stalked. Head whitish, ochreous, or pale reddish -brown. Palpi , small, terminal joint minute, whitish. Antennae fuscous. Thorax white, anterior margin faintly tinged with ochreous or reddish-brown. Abdomen white, barred with fuscous; second segment dull reddish-brown. Legs dark fuscous, annulated with white. Forewings oblong, costa slightly arched in male, moderately in female, apex round-pointed, hindmargin obliquely rounded; shining white; a black dot in disc at 3/5 (wanting in the two specimens); a series of black dots along hindmargin and apical 1/3 of costa, encroaching into cilia; cilia white. Hindwings shining white; extreme base somewhat irrorated with fuscous; a series of black dots along hindmargin, encroaching on cilia; cilia white.
A fine and distinct species. Charters Towers: one male and two female specimens bred by Mr. Dodd from larvae tunnelling the stems of Eucalyptus (a kind of Bloodwood) [Corymbia sp.].

Food plants: Larva boring in stem. Larval foodplant: Eucalyptus sp. (Myrtaceae). (Edwards, 2003).
Flight period: January, November.
Distribution: New South Wales, Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).