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Species Pyromorpha dimidiata - Orange-patched Smoky Moth - Hodges#4639

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Zygaenidae (Leaf Skeletonizer Moths)
Subfamily Procridinae
Genus Pyromorpha
Species dimidiata (Orange-patched Smoky Moth - Hodges#4639)
Hodges Number
4639
Size
Wingspan 18-28 mm
Identification
Day-flying. Wings black, translucent, basal half of forewing orange. Note that inner margin of forewing is black, orange in rather similar Lycomorpha. Also note phenology: Pyromorpha flies in early summer, Lycomorpha in late summer, fall.
Range
Eastern and central North America
Habitat
Deciduous forests and nearby fields, presumably
Season
May-July
Food
Adults take nectar.
Life Cycle
Larvae reported to feed on leaf litter, esp. oak leaves. Adults likely mimics of Lycid beetles, but also reported to have chemical defenses of their own.
See Also
Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth--Lycomorpha pholus

See also the presumed model of the mimicry, the Lycid beetles of genus Calopteron.
Print References
Covell, p. 414, plate 57 #4 (1)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.