Friday, September 10, 2010

Cryptophasa leucadelpha

Cryptophasa leucadelpha Meyrick, 1887

- Vic, 6 miles NW of Wedderburn, 13. Mar. 1960, M.S. Upton leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Cryptophasa leucadelpha Meyrick, 1887. Descriptions of new Lepidoptera. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 2-n.s. 1(4): 1037-1048 [1040]. Syntype(s) SAMA 5♂♀, Wimmera District, Vic.
Cryptophaga leucadelpha Meyr. Meyrick, 1890, Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,  13: 23–81 (35).
Cryptophaga leucadelpha Meyr. Lower, 1896: A catalogue of Victorian Heterocera. Part xix. The Victorian Naturalist, 12: 149-152 [150].
Cryptophaga leucadelpha. Illidge, 1895: Xylorycts, or timber moths. Queensland Natural History Society Transactions, 1, 29-34 [32].
Cryptophasa leucadelpha Meyrick, 1887. 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 leucadelpha Meyrick, 1887. 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 April 2010].
Cryptophasa leucadelpha Meyrick, 1887. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1887
Crypt. leucadelpha, n. sp.
♂♀ 41-46 mm. Differs from C. irrorata only as follows: Abdomen grey-whitish. Hindwings white, with moderately broad suffused fuscous hindmarginal fascia not reaching anal angle.
Larva feeding on a species of Casuarina.
Wimmera, Victoria; five specimens (Colls. Lucas and Kershaw.)
Subsequent description, Meyrick 1890
Crypt. leucadelpha, Meyr.
(Cryptophasa leucadelpha Meyr., Proc. Linn. Soc., N. S. Wales, 1886, 1040.)
Both sexes 41-46mm. Differs from preceding only as follows: Abdomen grey-whitish; hindwings white, with moderately broad suffused fuscous hind marginal fascia not reaching anal angle.
Wimmera, Victoria; two specimens. Larva feeds on Casuarina.

Other references

C. leucadelpha, Meyr. (Cryptophasa leucadelpha, Meyr., Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,, 1,040, 1886; Cryptophaga leucadelpha, Meyr., Tr. Roy. Soc. S.A., 35, 1889).
Wimmera. (Lower, 1896).

Food plants: Larva boring in stem. Larval foodplant: Casuarina sp. (Casuarinaceae). (Edwards, 2003).
Flight period: March
Distribution: New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).