Ptychopseustis maesi, Agassiz, 2022

Agassiz, David, 2022, The tribe Cybalomiini (Lepidoptera: Pyraloidea, Crambidae, Glaphyrinae) of sub-Saharan Africa, Zootaxa 5174 (2), pp. 101-156 : 124

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Ptychopseustis maesi

sp. nov.

Ptychopseustis maesi sp. n.

Imago (fig. 33): Wingspan 15 mm. Head and appendages whitish, palpi porrect, maxillary palpus half diameter of eye, labial palpus a little longer than diameter of eye. Thorax and tegulae whitish with scattered dark brown scales. Forewing ochreous white with scattered dark brown scales, an irregular metallic fascia from 2/5 on costa, a double discal spot beyond, a second similar fascia from ⅔ on costa, some black scales on costa before apex, a row of subterminal blackish spots, terminal line dark brown, termen a little sinuate beneath apex, fringe shining fuscous. Hindwing whitish, five or six black dots on termen, fringe whitish. Legs whitish with scattered dark brown scales.

Male genitalia (fig. 70): Uncus evenly tapered, apex rounded, gnathos just shorter than uncus, valva slender, narrowing slightly towards apex, a very small raised process on ventral surface immediately before apex, vinculum bulbous. Aedeagus a little longer than valva, slightly broader towards base, cornutus comprising a serrate bar about ¼ length of aedeagus.

Female genitalia: not examined.

Diagnosis: Distinguished from other species in the genus by its pale colour and metallic markings, in the male genitalia by the shape of the valva.

Life history: not known.

Derivation: named after Dr Koen Maes who found the species.

Distribution: Only known from the type locality in Kenya.

Type material: Holotype ♀ KENYA: Rift Valley , Nguruman Escarpment 01° 53’ 54” S 36° 05’ 54” E Mercury Vapour light 24.ix.1999 K. Maes. 1 Paratype ♂ same data as holotype genitalia slide DJLA 1705. GoogleMaps













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