Anisoplaca fraxinea n. sp.
♂ ♀. 19–21 mm. Head and thorax ochreous-white mixed with drab, sides of face black. Palpi ochreous-white, basal ⅔ of second segment black, basal and median fuscous rings on terminal segment. Antennae ochreous-white mixed with fuscous, in male serrulate, ciliations ½. Abdomen whitish-ochreous mixed with fuscous. Legs ochreous, strongly infuscated, tarsi annulated with ochreous. Forewings elongate, costa moderately arched, apex round-pointed, termen rounded, oblique; whitish-ochreous densely irrorated with brownish-ochreous and strigulated with fuscous; costa with black spot at base; costal edge dotted with blackish-fuscous throughout; first discal a blackish dot ringed with whitish; other stigmata obscure or absent; termen margined with blackish-fuscous: fringes ochreous with median fuscous line. Hindwings fuscous-grey: fringes ochreous with obscure dark basal shade.
Superficially nearest to A. achyrota Meyr.
Nelson and Flora River, in March. Dr. Turner has also taken it at Arthurs Pass in February. Holotype (♂), allotype (♀), slide of male genitalia and paratypes in coll. Cawthron Institute.
Lecithocera micromela Low. Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Aus., 21, 55.
Of this Australian species Dr. Turner took examples at Rotorua. These he has presented to the Cawthron Institute, together with Australian specimens of the same insect. Having regard to the central position of the locality it does not seem probable that the species is an accidental introduction to New Zealand. The insect is not a striking one, being only about 12 mm. in expanse of wing. The head, thorax and forewings are sooty black, the antennae and palpi ochreous and the hindwings fuscous.
Stomopteryx columbina n. sp.
This species is described, under the name S. simplicella (Walk.) in Trans. N.Z. Inst., 55, 666.* Having, through the kindness of Dr. A. J. Turner, received Australian specimens of Walker's species I
[Footnote] * I take this opportunity of correcting an error in the legend of the figures at the above reference. By a transposition of drawings the genitalia of Gelechia neglecta Philp. are represented as those of Stomopteryx simplicetta Walk.
have been able to compare the male genitalia of the two forms, and I here give figures of the harpes, which are of quite definite distinctness. Apart, however, from the structural characters there appears to be a colour character of some value in separating the two forms, the white mark on the forewings at ¾ being reduced to a mere spot in columbina while it often forms an almost complete fascia in simplicella.