Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lichenaula laniata

Lichenaula laniata Meyrick, 1890

Lichenaula laniata, Imbil, Queensland.

Lichenaula laniata, ANIC

Lichenaula laniata, QM

Lichenaula laniata Meyrick, 1890, Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  13: 23–81 [47]. Syntype(s) BMNH 5♂♀, Sydney, NSW.
Lichenaula laniata Meyr. Turner, 1898. The Xyloryctidae of Queensland. Annals of the Queensland Museum 4: 1–32 [20].
Lichenaula sternoides T.P. Lucas, 1901. Queensland Lepidoptera. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 16: 73–95 [86]. Holotype SAMA ♂, May Orchard, Brisbane, Qld.
Lichenaula laniata Meyrick, 1890 = L. sternoides T.P.Lucas, 1901 syn. n. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [87]. 
Lichenaula laniata Meyrick, 1890 = junior subjective synonym of L. sternoides. Beccaloni, G. W., Scoble, M. J., Robinson, G. S. & Pitkin, B. (Editors). 2003. The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex). World Wide Web electronic publication. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/entomology/lepindex [accessed 23 October 2019].
Lichenaula laniata Meyrick, 1890. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/online-resources/fauna/afd/taxa/XYLORYCTINAE [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1890
Lich. laniata, n. sp.
Both sexes 15-18mm. Head and thorax white. Palpi white, lower half of second joint dark fuscous. Antennae white, annulated with fuscous, ciliations in male 2. Abdomen whitish. Legs white. Forewings elongate, costa moderately arched, apex roundpointed, hindmargin faintly sinuate, oblique; 7 to hindmargin; ochreous-brown, irrorated with dark-brown; a very broad white streak, pointed at both ends, along costa from base to beyond middle; inner margin slenderly white towards base; an irregular white blotch along inner margin from ¼ to ¾; its upper anterior angle forming a projection towards base along fold, almost confluent with costal streak, its upper posterior angle forming a projection upwards, reaching half across wing; a dark fuscous dot in disc at 2/3; a white transverse line, acutely angulated outwards in middle, from 3/4 of costa to inner margin before anal angle, angulation confluent with a suffused white spot on hindmargin, and sometimes also filled up anteriorly with a white suffusion; a white hindmarginal line: cilia white, at anal angle fuscous, at apex somewhat mixed with fuscous. Hindwings and cilia whitish-grey.
Sydney, New South Wales, in December and January; three specimens.
Synonymic description, T.P. Lucas 1901
Lichenaula sternoides, nov. sp.
♂ 20 mm. Head white. Palpi white, fuscous at the tip.
Antennae very fine fuscous and white annulated. Thorax white with cuprous fuscous narrowly on either side. Abdomen white. Forewings gently dilate, costa rounded, hindmargin obliquely rounded, snow white, with cuprous fuscous markings; a clubbed fascia from base to ¼ inner margin, includes a thin strip of ground-colour along inner margin, and terminates in a clubbed head on inner margin; a broad fascia from base, on costal side of first fascia; costa, runs along centre of wing, becoming dilate but not touching; and abruptly truncate posteriorly, a suffusion unites this with a broad oblique fascia from posterior third of its costal border extending to between 3/6 and 4/6 costa, thence diffused outwardly to middle of hindmargin; there is a small black discal spot in this diffusion; this spot subtends a small blotch which suffuses towards inner margin with surrounding  fascia; a broad apical blotch, also diffused. Cilia white, tinged opposite marks with coppery fuscous. Hindwings light smoky fuscous. Cilia smoky fuscous. One specimen at light, May Orchard, Brisbane. A very strongly-marked species.

Other references

Lichenaula laniata, Meyr. Meyrick, 47. The markings of this species are somewhat variable, but it is always easily recognised.
Brisbane: not uncommon. (Turner, 1898).


Lichenaula laniata, ♂ head


Lichenaula laniata,♂wing venation


Lichenaula laniata,♂genitalia, IM08-0088, Imbil, Queensland. Collected by Ian McMillan, dissected by Patrick Strutzenberger.

Lichenaula laniata, clasper, IM08-0088, Imbil, Queensland.

Lichenaula laniata, uncus and gnathos, IM08-0088, Imbil, Queensland.

Lichenaula laniata, anellus, saccus and juxta, IM08-0088, Imbil, Queensland.
Food plants:
Flight period: December, January, April
Distribution: Queensland, New South Wales. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).