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1a. Cosmoclostis aglaodesma: 9 June 2006, Ray Myers Rd, Imbil, QLD. 26º26 Cosmoclostis aglaodesma on Gmelina leichhardtii, Wingham, NSW, 4 Feb 1991, photo by and copyright John Stockard Cosmoclostis aglaodesma on Gmelina leichhardtii, Wingham, NSW, photo by and copyright John Stockard Cosmoclostis aglaodesma pupa, Wingham, NSW, 13 Feb 1991, photo by and copyright John Stockard Cosmoclostis aglaodesma reared from Gmelina leichhardtii, Wingham, NSW, 14 Feb 1991, photo by and copyright John Stockard Cosmoclostis aglaodesma reared from Gmelina leichhardtii, Wingham, NSW, photo by and copyright John Stockard 3a. ANIC specimen, Upper Allyn R., NSW, 1500ft, 6 Feb 1961, I.F.B. Common & M.S. Upton, Image copyright ANIC

Cosmoclostis aglaodesma Meyrick, 1886

Specimens

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Morphology

Meyrick's original description reads[1]:

Cosmoclostis aglaodesma, n.s.

♀, 18 mm. Head and palpi ferruginous, frontal ridge white.

Antennae whitish. Thorax silvery-white, anterior margin very narrowly, posterior margin rather broadly, ferruginous. Abdomen ferruginous, segments marked alternately with a large trapezoidal silvery-white spot dilated behind (four in all), or with two small longitudinal white marks, beneath wholly silvery-white. Legs ferruginous, anterior pair blackish-ferruginous, obscurely banded with white, middle pair sharply obliquely banded with white. Fore wings cleft from before one-third, segments linear; silvery-white, with ferruginous markings; a narrow streak along costa throughout; a slender line along inner margin, strongly dilated near base; a narrow fascia before one-fourth, interrupted below costa; 1st segment with an interrupted fascia almost at its base, an entire fascia before its middle, and another rather near apex; 2nd segment wholly ferruginous, with a white spot rather near its base, and two white fasciae opposite the two posterior dark fasciae of 1st segment; cilia pale beneath, on costa ferruginous. Hind wings cleft to base, segments linear; ferruginous-fuscous; cilia light brownish.

A conspicuously distinct and handsome species.

Sydney, New South Wales; one specimen on a fence in September.

Life Cycle

Cosmoclostis aglaodesma has been recorded feeding on Gmelina leichhardtii (F.Muell.) Benth., White Beech, (Lamiaceae) at Wingham, NSW.

Matthews et al.[2] describes the larva and pupa.

References

  1. Meyrick, E., 1886, On the classification of the Pterophoridae. (Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1886: 1-22) - BHL
  2. Matthews, D.L., Duncan, M.A. & Habeck, D.H., 1996, Cosmoclostis aglaodesma: description of the larva and pupa (Pterophoridae: Pterophorinae: Pterophorini) (Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 60(2) 2006, 92-97) - Online

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3a-Cosmoclostis-aglaodesma-06.02.1961-UpperAllynR.jpgjpg 3a-Cosmoclostis-aglaodesma-06.02.1961-UpperAllynR.jpg manage 828 K 2010-02-10 - 10:33 DonaldHobern 3a. ANIC specimen, Upper Allyn R., NSW, 1500ft, 6 Feb 1961, I.F.B. Common & M.S. Upton, Image copyright ANIC