Saturday, October 9, 2010


Comocritis Meyrick, 1894

Comocritis Meyrick, 1894 (Hyponomeutidae). On a collection of Lepidoptera from Upper Burma. Trans ent. Soc. London 1894: 1–29 [24]. Type species: Comocritis olympia Meyrick, 1894 by monotypy.
Comocritis Meyrick 1894. Meyrick, 1920, A Sketch of our Present Knowledge of Indian Microlepidoptera. Fletcher, T.B. (ed.) Report of the Proceedings of the Third Entomological Meeting held at Pusa on the 3rd to 15th February 1919. Calcutta : Superintendent Government Printing. (999-1009) [1006].
Comocritis Meyrick, 1894 [Yponomeutidae]. Fletcher, T. B., 1929, A list of generic names used for Microlepidoptera. Memoirs of the Department of Agriculture of India,  11: 1-244 [53].
Comocritis Meyrick, 1894. Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [86].
Comocritis Meyrick, 1894 (Yponomeutidae, Yponomeutinae). 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 5 April 2010].
Comocritis Meyrick, 1894. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 16 June 2010].
Comocritis Meyrick 1894(Yponomeutidae, Yponomeutinae). B. Pitkin and P. Jenkins, Butterflies and Moths of the World: Generic Names and their Type-species, 2004. World Wide Web electronic publication. [accessed 16 June 2010].

Original desription, Meyrick 1894
Comocritis, n.g.
Head with appressed scales, sidetufts loosely spreading, projecting- between antennae; ocelli. present;- tongue developed. Antennae 2/3, in ♂ shortly bipectinated, with .streak of rough scales on  back near base, basal joint large, with dense pecten. Labial palpi moderate, curved, ascending, second joint loosely-scaled, terminal joint less than half second, pointed. Maxillary palpi very short, filiform. Posterior tibiae clothed with rough scales. Forewings with vein 1 b furcate, 2 from near angle, 7 to costa, 11 from middle, with a subhyaline groove on lower surface beneath 12 towards base. Hindwings 1, elongate-ovate, .cilia ¼, veins 3 and 4 from a point, 5 and 6 somewhat approximated at base.
Allied to Oeta [= Atteva, Yponomeutidae], but not closely.


Immature stages:

Distribution: Queensland, Papua New Guinea. (Edwards, 2003).

Remarks: The late J. Kyrki of Finland had informed us that Comocritis should not be in the Yponomeutoidea but he did not know its correct family. (Pitkin and Jenkins, 2004).


Comocritis sp. A


Comocritis sp. A. Nielsen, E.S., Edwards, E.D. & Rangsi, T.V. 1996. Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monogr. Aust. Lepid. 4: i–xiv, 1–529 & CD–ROM [86].

Food plants: larvae of Indian species feed on lichens and the bark of trees. (Meyrick 1920).
Flight period:
Distribution: Queensland, from the Daintree, south of Cooktown (Edwards, pers. comm., 2009).