Cryptophasa epadelpha (Meyrick, 1890)
(previously known as Cryptophaga epadelpha)
XYLORYCTIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species bores into the stems of

  • Swamp Mahogany ( Lophostemon suaveolens, MYRTACEAE ), and
  • Brush Box ( Lophostemon confertus, MYRTACEAE ).

    feeding on the wood and the bark.

    The male and female adult moths are different.


    Male
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The male has white forewings and grey hindwings. The forewings are edged with black dots. He has a wingspan of about 3 cms.


    Female
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    Both forewings and hindwings of the female are white, both having a black dots around the margin. She has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 230.

    Ian McMillan,
    Cryptophasa epadelpha, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Thursday, September 16, 2010.


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    (updated 26 May 2011)