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Cryptophasa mesotoma

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Xyloryctidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Cryptophasa

Cryptophasa mesotoma is a moth in the Xyloryctidae family. It was described by Meyrick in 1925. It is found on the Moluccas (Buru).

The wingspan is 38-44 mm. The forewings are white, sometimes with scattered dark fuscous specks, the basal fourth of the costal edge dark fuscous suffused brown and the dorsal half suffused pale ochreous, the dorsal area suffused light fuscous. The markings are dark fuscous suffused brown. There is a supramedian line from near the base to one-third and a median line from beneath the middle of this to the middle of the termen. A short longitudinal mark is found above this beyond the middle and there is a small mark on the base of the fold, as well as short longitudinal streaks on and above the fold before the middle. There is a blotch of scanty irroration resting on the dorsum beyond the middle and a short line along the costa about three-fourths. The hindwings are glossy pale greyish-ochreous.

References

Cryptophasa mesotoma Wikipedia


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