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Genus Crambidia

Yellow-headed Lichen Moth - Hodges#8053 (Crambidia cephalica) ? - Crambidia cephalica Erebidae: Crambidia pallida - Crambidia pallida Lichen Moth - Crambidia xanthocorpa Erebidae: Crambidia casta - Crambidia casta Crambidia pallida - Pale Lichen Moth - Crambidia pallida Crambidia uniformis? - Crambidia Crambidia cephalica Crambidia uniformis? - Crambidia uniformis
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Classification
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 Lithosiina
Genus Crambidia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Crambidia Packard, 1864
Numbers
10 species in North America (1)
6 species in Canada (CBIF)
Size
wingspan 12-40 mm
Identification
forewing slender, white to pale bluish-white with faint speckles in several species; C. pallida has a pale yellowish-brown forewing with slightly darker streaks; C. uniformis is uniformly dark gray; C. lithosioides may be dark gray or medium brown with streaks
hindwing more than twice as broad as forewing but similarly colored and without markings
Range
all of United States and southern Canada, plus Yukon Territory
Habitat
forests and woodlands; adults are attracted to light
Season
some species are active all year in the south; adults fly from May to September in the north
Food
larvae feed on lichens, and show a preference for the algae component of lichens that grow on tree bark, rather than lichens on rocks (Colorado State U.)
Life Cycle
two generations per year
Internet References
pinned adult images of 3 species occurring in eastern Canada (CBIF)
pinned adult images of 4 species occurring in western Canada (CBIF)
Moth Photographers Group--Jim Vargo images
pinned adult images (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)