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Subspecies Cisthene tenuifascia schwarziorum

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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 tenuifascia (Thin-banded Lichen Moth - Hodges#8066)
Subspecies schwarziorum (Cisthene tenuifascia schwarziorum)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ozodania schwarziorum [In Part] Dyar, 1899.(1)(2)
Illice schwarziorum [In Part] Hampson, 1900.(2)
Cisthene tenuifascia ssp. schwarziorum Schmidt & Opler, 2008
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of Eugene Amandus Schwarz (1844-1928) and H. Schwartz who collected the first specimens in AZ.(1)
Knowlton (1967)(2) unravels the complicated and confusing taxonomic history of schwarziorum which was originally applied by Dyar to two moths which turned out to be different species.
Schwarz's Lichen Moth differs consistently from the nominate subspecies of Thin-banded by having a wider complete PM band; the band is usually slightly separated from the basal yellow streaks but may be thinly connected. The color areas are typically (but not always) bright golden yellow rather than orange. Rare examples have the PM band broken into two triangular spots on the inner margin and costa.
Arizona and possibly s.w. New Mexico.
Previously confused with Cisthene subrufa which only occurs in South Texas and eastern Mexico. The taxonomic history of schwarziorum, subrufa, and tenuifascia is complex and confusing.(2)
See Also
Tamaulipan Lichen Moth, Cisthene subrufa.

Very similar to Schwarz's Lichen Moth but does not occur in AZ. Easiest way to separate is by leg color: Tamaulipan has banded yellow-and-gray legs, particularly the middle tibia which is often mostly yellow or yellow in the middle 1/3 flanked by gray on each end.
Print References
Dyar, H.G., 1899. A new Lithosian. Psyche 8(277): 359. (1)
Works Cited
1.A new Lithosian
Dyar, Harrison G. 1899. Psyche 8(277):359-360.
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.