Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cisthene striata Ottolengui, 1898
* phylogenetic sequence #930185
Wingspan about 17 mm (Ottolengui, 1898)
Similar to Lead-colored Lichen Moth but with blurry whitish to pale gray dusting in three broad bands in basal 2/3 of forewings and similar color between all veins in outer par of the wing.(1)
Pink-orange PM spot on inner margin ranges from large to small or rarely absent. Intermediate forms with Lead-colored occur in n. Florida and s. Georgia (Kons 2001, BOLD). Taxonomic trees from barcoding show specimens of Striated thoroughly intermixed with Lead-colored, suggesting the two taxa may not be genetically distinct.
Mainly Florida but with recent specimens barcoded from s. Georgia.
Lead-colored Lichen Moth
- lacks whitish dusting on forewings; ranges further north and west.
Kons, Hugo L., Jr. 2001 (ms.). Contributions toward a Lepidoptera (Psycidae, Yponomeutidae, Sesiidae, Cossidae, Zygaenoidea, Thyridida, Drepanoidea, Geometroidea, Mimalonoidea, Bombycoidea, Sphingoidea, & Noctuoidea) biodiversity inventory of the Univ. of Florida Nat. Area Teaching Lab. 17 p.
Ottolengui, R. (1898) A new Bombycid. The Canadian Entomologist 30 (3): 101
Sexton, C., and H. McGuinness. 2017. Identification of lichen moths in the genus Cisthene in the central and eastern U.S. Southern Lep. News (39(4):309-322.