Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lichenaula pelodesma

Lichenaula pelodesma (Lower, 1899)


Caesyra [sic] pelodesma Lower, 1899, [Oecophorinae] Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 24: 83–116 [110]. Syntype(s) SAMA number unknown ♂♀, Broken Hill, NSW.
Lichenaula pelodesma (Lower, 1899) (Caesyra [sic]). Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [88].
Coesyra pelodesma Lower, 1899 [Oecophorinae]. 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].
Lichenaula pelodesma (Lower, 1899). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Lower 1899
Caesyra pelodesma, n. sp.
♂♀. 15-18 mm. Head and palpi whitish-ochreous, palpi beneath, especially base of second joint, fuscous-tinged. Antennae fuscous. Abdomen pale ochreous-whitish. Thorax purplish-coppery, anteriorly ochreous-whitish. Legs fuscous, posterior pair yellowish. Forewings elongate, moderate, costa moderately arched, apex round-pointed, hindmargin obliquely rounded; pale yellow; costal edge fuscous at base; a nearly straight irregularly edged coppery-fuscous fascia, from 5/6 costa to just before anal angle, narrowest above and slightly constricted beneath costa : cilia dull fuscous, tips darker; sometimes an ochreous median line. Hindwings with hindmargin slightly sinuate beneath apex; pale ochreous, sometimes slightly infuscated; cilia pale ochreous.
Broken Hill, N.S.W.; several specimens, from August to October.
Not unlike Brachynemata cingulata, Meyr., at first sight. 

Food plants:
Flight period: August, Septermber, October.
Distribution: New South Wales. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).