Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lichenaula provisa

Lichenaula provisa T.P. Lucas, 1900



Lichenaula provisa T.P. Lucas, 1900. New Species of Queensland Lepidoptera. Proc. R. Soc. Qld. 15: 137-161. Syntype(s) SAMA number unknown ♂, May Orchard, Brisbane, Qld.
Lichenaula phloeochroa Turner, 1898 = syn L. provisa T.P. Lucas. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [88].
Xylorycta provisa (T.P. Lucas, 1900). 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 23 April 2010]. [Synonymy not noted].

Original description, Turner 1898
lichenaula provisa, nov. sp.♂ 18 mm. Head, palpi; and antennae greyish white. Thorax grey white with a shading of fuscous dorsally anteriorly. Abdomen ochreous fuscous, with a band of ferrous on each of the anterior segments. Forewings elongate, bowed at base and obtusely rounded at apex of costa, hindmargin nearly straight, greyish white with fuscous specks, and markings black and fuscous. Forewings with a white blotch on base having a black spot on costa, and a black dash toward hind inner margin, bordered by a transverse row of black dots; a white diffused patch covers two-fifths of wing with an arched diffusion of dots and splashes longitudinally through centre to inner margin at ½; a line of six spots from costa at 2/5 to apex, becoming diffused into a fascia over posterior 3/5 of wing, irregularly marked with fuscous black spots, and splashed with metallic copper; a white spur runs into this dark fascia half way across wing, immediately before anal angle; a subterminal grey white line. Cilia white with a central grey fuscous band. Hindwings ochreous white, with veins grey, shaded with fuscous along hindmargin. Cilia as forewings. May Orchard, Brisbane, at light.

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Remarks: Barcoding has shown this species to be distinctly separate from L. phloeochroa, so I am including it as a valid species once again.