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Species Cisthene kentuckiensis - Kentucky Lichen Moth - Hodges#8061

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Lithosiini (Lichen Moths)
Subtribe Cisthenina
Genus Cisthene
Species kentuckiensis (Kentucky Lichen Moth - Hodges#8061)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cisthene kentuckiensis (Dyar, 1904)
original combination Illice unifascia var. kentuckiensis Dyar, 1904
* phylogenetic sequence #930178
Wingspan 15-19 mm
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).
Adults fly July-October.
Adults take nectar.
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on lichens.
See Also
Thin-banded Lichen Moth (Cisthene tenuifascia) - 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.
Print References
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.
Works Cited
1.Identification of Lichen Moths in the Genus Cisthene Walker 1854 (Erebidae: Arctiinae) in the Central and Eastern U.S.
Sexton, C. and H. McGuinness. 2017. Southern Lepidopterists' News 39(4):309-322.
2.A Revision of the Species of Cisthene Known to Occur North of the Mexican Border (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae: Lithosiinae)
Carroll B. Knowlton. 1967. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 93(1): 41-100.
3.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.