Cryptophasa rubescens Lewin, 1805
(one synonym : Cryptophasa sarcoxantha Meyrick, 1937)
XYLORYCTIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Cryptophasa rubescens
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

The caterpillar of this species bores into the stems of:

  • Wattles ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ),

    but actually feeds on the phyllodes.

    Cryptophasa rubescens
    (Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)

    The adult moth usually has pale rusty red forewings, often with variable dark or pale marking. The moth has plain yellow or orange hindwings. It has a wingspan of about 5 cms.

    Cryptophasa rubescens
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)

    The species occurs in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 6.2, p. 230.

    Ian McMillan,
    Cryptophasa rubescens, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Wednesday, August 18, 2010.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,


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    (updated 26 October 2010, 7 April 2017)