Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cisthene plumbea Stretch, 1885
* phylogenetic sequence #930184
Recognized by the flat medium gray ground color, extensive yellowish or orange streak along the costal margin, single PM spot on the inner FW margin, and lack of a corresponding spot on the costal margin. The amount of yellow/orange on the entire moth is extremely variable. Many/most examples in the eastern part of its range, named form "injecta" by Dyar (1904), have a completely orange head, thorax, and broad orange suffusion over 1/3 to 1/2 of the wings; the fundamental pattern is still recognizable.
Eastern North America: southern New Jersey south to northern Florida, west to Wisconsin, Kansas, Oklahoma, and cen. Texas.
Adults are associated with mixed mesophytic upland woodlands (oak-hickory)(Landau & Prowell 1999).
June-September (2 broods)
Striated Lichen Moth
of Florida and s. Georgia is similar but has blurry white streaking over much of the forewings. It is genetically very close to Lead-colored (Barcode of Life Data Systems) and may not be specifically distinct.
Brou Jr., V. A. 2004. Cisthene plumbea
in Louisiana. South. Lep. News 26: 7
Covell Jr., C. V. 1984. A field guide to the moths of eastern North America. p.61, pl.12, f.15(1)
Landau, D., and D. Prowell. 1999. A partial checklist of moths from mixed mesophytic hardwood forests in Louisiana (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Trans. Amer. Ent. Soc., 125(1/2):139-150.
Sexton, C., and H. McGuinness. 2017. Identification of lichen moths in the genus Cisthene in the central and eastern U.S. South. Lep. News (39(4):309-322.
Wagner, D. L. 2005. Caterpillars of Eastern North America. p. 459(2)
- David L. Wagner photo of caterpillar