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Genus Eudesmia

Moth   - Eudesmia arida  Eudesmia arida - Eudesmia arida moth, orange & black - Eudesmia arida Eudesmia - Eudesmia arida Unknown 'Bug' 4702 - Eudesmia arida Arizona yellow & black Moth - Eudesmia arida Yellow and Black Lichen Moth in Sycamore Canyon - Eudesmia arida Arid Eudesmia - Eudesmia arida
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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 Eudesmia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eudesmia Hübner, [1823]; Samml. exot. Schmett. 2: pl. [187]
2 species in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan 23-30 mm, based on two Internet images
Adult: forewing dark gray to blackish with two transverse yellow bands (in median and subterminal areas); hindwing blackish distally, yellow basally; body yellowish to light brownish
southwestern United States
larvae feed on lichens growing on rocks, walls, or cliffs
See Also
Cisthene species of moths have only one transverse band on the forewing; see photos by Jim Vargo at MPG
Internet References
pinned adult image of E. arida by Paul Opler, plus US distribution map (
pinned adult image of E. menea by Paul Opler, plus US distribution map (
pinned adult image of E. arida (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
larval food (Sara Simonson, Colorado State U.)