Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cisthene kentuckiensis (Dyar, 1904)
original combination Illice unifascia var. kentuckiensis Dyar, 1904
* phylogenetic sequence #930178
Adult is best identified by the black ground color, dark thoracic disk, and wide orange or yellow basal streak which is well connected to the wide PM band.(1)(2)
The basal edge of the PM band is broadly and evenly concave (contrast with One-banded).(1)
New Jersey, Ohio, and Indiana, south to n. Florida and Louisiana, west to rarely e. Oklahoma and n.e. Texas (Covell, 1984; BugGuide, iNaturalist records).
Thin-banded Lichen Moth
) - yellow-orange basal streak is narrow and may or may not merge with PM band; PM band is typically much narrower than Kentucky; ground color typically slate gray, not black.
Uncommon Pictured Lichen Moth
has an all orange thorax; distribution mainly in s. Great Plains.
Covell, C. V. (1984) Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America. pp.60, pl.12, f.16(3)
Dyar, H. G. (1904) Descriptions of new forms of the genus Illice
Walker. Proc. Ent. Soc. Washington 6 (1): 198
Fothergill, K., M. G. Smart, & P. E. Koenig (2011) Cisthene kentuckiensis
(Dyar) Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae) First Record for Missouri. Midsouth Entomologist : 6-8
Sexton, C., and H. McGuinness. 2017. Identification of lichen moths in the genus Cisthene in the central and eastern U.S. South. Lep. News 39(4):309-322.