Caenorycta xylomima (Turner, 1906)
(formerly known as Cryptophasa xylomima)
XYLORYCTIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Caenorycta xylomima
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has speckled brown forewings, each darker in the costal half, shading into the paler hind-marginal half. There are one or two dark dots near the middle. The hindwings are brown, darkening toward the wingtips. In its resting posture: the moth wraps its wings around its body. The wingspan of the moths is up to 5 cms.

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

The species occurs in Australia in

  • Queensland (listed as Cryptophasa xylomima).


    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 6.11, p. 230 (listed as Cryptophasa xylomima).

    Ian McMillan,
    Cryptophasa xylomima,
    Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    http://xyloryctinemothsofaustralia.blogspot.com/2010/10/caenorycta.html Blog, Monday, October 11, 2010 (listed as Cryptophasa xylomima).

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 218 (listed as Cryptophasa xylomima).

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera, with synonymic and other notes,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 30 (1906), p. 140.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 77 (listed as Cryptophasa xylomima).


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    (written 1 January 2019)