Cryptophasa nigricincta (Turner, 1898)
(formerly known as Cryptophaga nigricincta)
XYLORYCTIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The caterpillars of this species have been found boring into the stems of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE )

    The female adult moths have white forewings each with three black dots near the middle. The hindwings are white. There is a row of black dots around the tip and margin of every wing. The head and some hairs on the thorax are yellow, the rest of the thorax white, and the abdomen has black and white bands. The females have a wingspan of about 4 cms.


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The male moths are brown, with the same black dots as the female. The males have a wingspan of about 3 cms.


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The species is found in :

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian McMillan,
    Cryptophasa nigricincta,
    Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Friday September 10, 2010.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    The Xyloryctidae of Queensland.,
    Annals of the Queensland Museum,
    Volume 4 (1898), pp. 9-10, No. 16.


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    (written 18 December 2018)