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Species Clemensia albata - Little White Lichen Moth - Hodges#8098

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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 Cisthenina
Genus Clemensia
Species albata (Little White Lichen Moth - Hodges#8098)
Hodges Number
8098
Explanation of Names
ALBATA: from the Latin "alba" (white) - the overall color of the adult
Numbers
the only species in this genus in North America
Size
wingspan 16-24 mm; female larger than male
Identification
forewing white to light gray, variably dusted and spotted with brown and black; lines obscure; AM and median lines usually more distinct; reniform spot gray with sharp black inner half
hindwing grayish-white with faint darker gray median line
[adapted from description by Charles Covell]
Range
all of United States and southern Canada
Habitat
moist mixed wood forests - and probably other habitats, considering its vast distribution
Season
adults fly from March to October in the south; June to September in Ohio; July and August in Alberta and Quebec
Food
larvae feed on alga called Protococcus viridis that grows on smooth bark trees like maple and birch and also grows on Shield lichens Parmelia species.
Life Cycle
two or more generations per year in the south; one in the north (Quebec). Moisture is important to larvae. During dry periods, they with congregate under bark and become inactive. They pupate under bark or in bark crevices. Usually 2nd or 3 instar over-winter and resume feeding in early spring.
See Also
due to its small size, may be mistaken for various micromoths in the families Oecophoridae and Tortricidae; also similar to several species of geometrid moths
Internet References
live adult image (Jeremy Tatum, Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island)
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult images of male and female (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult image plus habitat, food, description, seasonality, distribution (G.G. Anweiler, U. of Alberta)
pinned adult image and US distribution map (Paul Opler, Moths of North America; USGS)
pinned adult image plus description, habitat, food (Jeff Miller, Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands; USGS)
food items - lichen genera; PDF doc plus flight season and life cycle (Macrolepidoptera of Mont Saint-Hilaire Region, McGill U., Quebec)
common name reference plus food and flight season (Ohio State U.)
Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 1981, vol. 35, #1, pp. 34 to 40 by McCabe - feeds on alga