Crinipus vassei ( Le Cerf, 1917 ), Le Cerf, 1917

Bartsch, Daniel, 2010, Taxonomic revision of the clearwing moth genus Crinipus Hampson, 1896 (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae), Zootaxa 2618, pp. 36-46: 45

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Crinipus vassei ( Le Cerf, 1917 )

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Crinipus vassei ( Le Cerf, 1917)   new comb.

Figs. 10–12 View FIGURES 1 − 12 , 17 View FIGURES 16 − 17

Aegeria vassei Le Cerf, 1917: 337   . Holotype Ψ( Fig. 10 View FIGURES 1 − 12 ): Mozambique, Province de Gorongoza, forêt d'Inhanconde, 350 m., 1907, G. Vasse leg. ( MNHP). The holotype is a female, not a male as originally denoted.

Literature: Hampson, 1919: 62 ( Synanthedon   ); Dalla Torre & Strand, 1925: 55; Gaede 1929: 521; Heppner & Duckworth, 1981: 34; Vari, Kroon & Krüger 2002: 67; Pühringer & Kallies, 2004: 28.

Additional specimens examined: 1 Ψ, South Africa, Barberton, 25.Dec. 1910, A. J. T. Janse leg. (gen. prep. Bartsch 2010 – 17) ( TMPS). 2 Ψ( Figs. 11−12 View FIGURES 1 − 12 ), S Rhodesia, Hunyani river, 12.Dec. 1970, A. J. Duke leg.

Redescription of the female. ( Figs. 10–12 View FIGURES 1 − 12 , 17 View FIGURES 16 − 17 ). Head with white labial palp, second palpomere laterally and third palpomere distally black; frons glossy white, medially grey; vertex brownish-black; pericephalic scales dorsally brownish-black, laterally white; antenna black. Thorax brownish-black, laterally with some white scales at patagia and in front of wing base; mesothorax dorsally with 3 white, longitudinal stripes; tegula with mesal margin and distal part white (holotype distally yellow). Abdomen with brownish-black tergites that have a large, white sub-lateral spot, tergites 4–6 additionally with glossy white posterior margin; sternites brownish-black, posterior margin laterally white; tip of abdomen dorsally white and with a brownishblack median stripe. Foreleg with coxa white, mesal margin and a large basal spot brownish-black; tibia white, proximally and distally with a dorsal black spot. Other legs brownish-black; femur ventrally with long white scales; tibia white, proximally and medially with black ring, distal half of mesal side black; tarsi of all legs brownish-black, distally with some white scales; mesal spurs brownish-black and ventrally with some white, lateral spurs white. Wings with well-developed transparent areas, anterior transparent area with narrow scale line indicating the stem of the media; margins, veins and discal spots brownish-black; proximal one third of forewing and veins of distal transparent area dusted with white; hindwing base with hair-like scales at vein 3 A and fringes of anal angle white.

Remark. The male is unknown.

Variation. The type specimen shows some yellow markings at the tegula and at the dorsal scale tuft of the hindtibia, whereas the South African and Zimbabwean specimens lack yellow.

Diagnosis. Crinipus vassei   is easy to recognise by the typical bluish-white markings of body and legs. See also C. marisa   .


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Crinipus vassei ( Le Cerf, 1917 )

Bartsch, Daniel 2010

Aegeria vassei

Le 1917: 337