Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cryptophasa ensigera

Cryptophasa ensigera Meyrick, 1925

Cryptophasa ensigera,  ♂, paralectotype. Photograph by Patrick Strutzenberger, ©BMNH.

Cryptophasa ensigera,  ♂, lectotype. Photograph by Patrick Strutzenberger, ©BMNH.

Cryptophasa ensigera Meyrick, 1925, Exotic Microlepidoptera. 3 (5–7): 129–160, 161–192, 193–224 [150]. Syntype(s) BMNH 2♂, Dampier Island, Papua New Guinea.
Cryptophasa ensigera Meyrick, 1925. Diakonoff, 1954. Microlepidoptera of New Guinea. Results of the third Archbold Expedition (American-Netherlands Indian Expedition 1938-1939). Part 4. Verhandelingen der Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen 2 ser. 50(1): 1-191 [127].
Cryptophasa ensigera Meyrick, 1925. 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 ensigera Meyrick, 1925. 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 ensigera Meyrick, 1925. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1925
Cryptophasa ensigera, n. sp.
♂. 36-38 mm. Head ochreous-white. Palpi white, second joint externally reddish-ochreous. Antennae pectinated (5). Thorax ochreous-white, posteriorly more or less tinged or suffused reddish-fuscous. Abdomen ochreous, a reddish-orange antemedian band. Forewings somewhat dilated, termen little oblique; 7 to termen, 8 to costa; pale ochreous, somewhat mixed irregularly light reddish-fuscous, sometimes a few scattered dark fuscous specks; a broad white attenuated costal streak from base to beyond middle, edged beneath by a slender reddish-fuscous streak continued along costa to apex, costal edge also more or less reddish-fuscous towards base; a rather suffused semioval reddish-fuscous blotch extending along dorsum from about ¼ to near tornus: cilia reddish-fuscous, basal third somewhat mixed pale ochreous. Hindwings light red-brownish; cilia paler.
NEW GUINEA, Dampier I., February; 2 ex.

Other references

Cryptophasa ensigera Meyrick, 1925
Cryptophasa ensigera Meyrick, 1925, Exot. Microl., vol. 3, pp. 150 -151.
Distribution: British New Guinea, Dampier Island.
Idenburg River, August 19, 1938. One male. (Diakonoff, 1954).

Food plants:
Flight period: August, February.
Distribution: Queensland. Papua New Guinea. (Edwards, 2003).