Monday, July 5, 2010

Plectophila thiophanes

Plectophila thiophanes (Turner, 1917)

♂- Qld, 6 km NE of Crows Nest Lat. 27' 14'' S Long. 152' 05'' E, 1. Nov. 2000, I.F.B. Common leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

♀ - Qld, Toowoomba, 16. Nov. 1961, J. Macqueen leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Xylorycta thiophanes Turner, 1917, Lepidopterological gleanings. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 29: 70–106 [95]. Holotype ANIC ♂, Gayndah, Qld.
Plectophila thiophanes Turner, 1917. 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 thiophanes Turner, 1917. 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 26 April 2010].
Plectophila thiophanes Turner, 1917. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 17 June 2010].

Original description, Turner, 1917
Xylorycta thiophanes, n. sp.
θειοφανης, sulphur-coloured.
♂ 25 mm. Head and thorax whitish-ochreous, Palpi rather long, slender; second joint, not quite reaching base of antennae; terminal joint very slender, nearly as long as second; whitish-ochreous with a few dark-fuscous scales. Antennae ochreous-grey; in ♂ dentate with short ciliations (1/3). Abdomen whitish-ochreous, posterior ends of segments, but not fringes, reddish-ochreous on dorsum. Legs ochreous, Forewings sub-oblong, costa gently arched, apex pointed, termen sinuate, not oblique; whitish-ochreous; markings dark fuscous; a large sub-basal spot on dorsum; a transverse line at 1/3 slightly curved and outwardly oblique, not extending to margins; a very oblique broad line from 2/3 costa to termen beneath apex; a spot on costa beyond this; a broad terminal line;. cilia whitish-ochreous, on apex and tornus dark fuscous. Hindwings whitish-ochreous; central part of disc and terminal area suffused with fuscous; cilia whitish-ochreous.
Q. Gayndah;. one specimen received from Dr. Hamilton Kenny.

Food plants:
Flight period: November.
Distribution: Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).